Rasmus Dahlin sits out the Sabers game in Tampa with an upper body injury

Rasmus Dahlin sits out the Sabers game in Tampa with an upper body injury

TAMPA – The injury epidemic continues to sweep through the Buffalo Sabres’ defense and now it has hit the club’s most dominant player.

Rasmus Dahlin will miss Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with an upper-body injury, the club announced about 90 minutes before the matchup at Amalie Arena. Dahlin is listed as day-to-day and becomes the fourth member of Buffalo’s blue line with an injury.

Coach Don Granato declined to go into detail about the injury during his pregame media conference, but a source confirmed it happened Friday night in Carolina during the first-period scrimmage Dahlin had with Hurricanes forward Jasperi Kotkaniemi. The pair, who were selected No. 1 and No. 3 in the 2018 NHL draft, separated from the huddle in a scrum and briefly went 1-on-1, with Kotkaniemi connecting with a gloved right hand to Dahlin’s face before the refs could break them up. up

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Dahlin played the rest of the game seemingly unaffected and scored his seventh goal of the season with a tenth of a second left in the third period, but was not available to the media afterward. The Sabers said Dahlin was in the training room receiving medical attention. And while that’s not entirely unusual for a player to have a short check-in, it probably spoke to how much Dahlin was beaten after the contest.

The Sabers fell 7-4 at the start of their back-to-back set.

Dahlin has seven goals and eight assists in 11 games this season while playing 25 minutes, 53 seconds per game. He played 26:58 in the 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes, collecting a team-high eight shots on goal and 11 attempts while also blocking three shots. He is second in the league among defensemen in points and fifth in ice time.

“It’s certainly hard not to have Rasmus with what he’s done,” Granato said. “But you’re playing a game (against Tampa) in an incredible building against a not-so-former Stanley Cup champion and that’s exciting. I think our guys have to embrace that excitement and challenge. Injuries happen. It’s an opportunity for us to find a little bit more about ourselves and specific players in different roles.”

The Sabers are without Dahlin, Mattias Samuelsson (knee) and Henri Jokiharju (facial fracture). Ilya Lyubushkin (lower body) returned to Buffalo’s lineup to replace Dahlin after sitting out the last four games.

“That’s why you hire extra guys during the summer, for those moments,” Granato said. “Unfortunately, we’ve had a barrage of injuries specifically in the defensive group, which is kind of weird, but you just do it.”

Dahlin’s injury certainly means even more opportunities for rookie Owen Power, who leads all NHL rookies in ice time at 22:41 per game. Power arrived to join the Sabers in April in Tampa from the University of Michigan and skated in the morning with the team, but did not play in the game against the Lightning that night. He made his debut two nights later in Toronto.

“It’s really amazing how much work he can do at his age in that position,” Granato said of Power, who played 24:43 at Carolina. “He’s amazing. He makes very few mistakes and he certainly doesn’t make the same mistake with any consistency. … He’s not consumed by any major stressors. That’s an indication of high talent and knowledge of the game, hockey sense, situational awareness.”

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