Sabres lose Skinner for up to 4 weeks
Sabres forward Jeff Skinner will miss three to four weeks because of an upper-body injury.
The team didn’t provide any other details in announcing the update Saturday, a day after Skinner was injured in a 3-0 loss to the Bruins.
Skinner didn’t return following a collision in which he led with his right shoulder while attempting to check Bruins forward David Pastrnak in front of the Sabres bench about four minutes into the third period. Skinner was slow to get up and immediately left the ice for the locker room.
The injury occurred during Skinner’s 700th career game, and following an offseason in which he signed an eight-year, $72 million contract in becoming the Sabres’ second highest-paid player.
Skinner scored a careerbest 40 goals and added 23 assists in his first season with the team.
Skinner has 11 goals and eight assists in 39 games. He was in the midst of an 11-game stretch in which he’s had just one assist.
Mikheyev has surgery: Maple Leafs rookie Ilya Mikheyev had surgery to repair an artery and wrist tendons that were severed by a skate during Friday night’s OT win over the Devils.
He’s expected to make a full recovery but there will be a better timeline for his return in three months.
Mikheyev, 25, has 23 points in 39 games this season.