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Sabres Defense Skating on Thin Ice

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By Frank Wolf

With the call-up of yet another minor-league defenseman it’s abundantly clear that the Sabres have themselves a crisis in the defensive corps. Erik Burgdoerfer is the latest Rochester Amerk to join the team after the Sabres learned another blueliner is headed to the shelf.

Taylor Fedun and assistant captain Josh Gorges are the latest Sabres d-men to go down with injuries. Gorges left Thursday’s game against the NY Rangers with a foot injury and his return is unclear. Fedun is listed as day-to-day after aggravating his shoulder in Saturday’s loss against Boston

Brendan Guhle was immediately called up from Prince George of the WHL in wake of the Gorges injury and played against the Bruins.

Burgdoerfer will make his NHL “regular season” debut tonight when the Sabres visit the Washington Capitals. The RPI product was signed during the offseason to a two-way deal. Burgdoerfer File

Buffalo has been without Zach Bogosian for 15 games (MCL) and Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) has missed 11 straight. Kulikov is back on the ice, skating and coach Dan Bylsma hinted that he may be ready this coming weekend.

The Sabres have given up 4 goals on average the past four games played and are 2-2 in that span:

11/25 WAS 3-1 Loss

11/29 OTT  5-4 Win

12/1   NYR  4-3 Win

12/3   BOS  2-1 Loss

Robin Lehner has been given the nod between the pipes versus the Caps tonight. The Sabres will play in back-to-back nights as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers are in town to play Buffalo Tuesday. The Oilers are off Monday after dropping a 2-1 OT decision against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

 

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