Sabres lose Skin­ner for up to 4 weeks

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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