Nelson called up from Rochester

January 17, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres were back on the ice Wednesday following their league-mandated bye week.

Before practice, the Sabres announced that defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has an illness and will be out on a day-to-day basis.

Sabres/Amerks injury report for Wednesday, January 17.

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With Beaulieu out an uncertain amount of time, Buffalo has called up defenseman Casey Nelson from the Rochester Americans. It is the second time this season that Nelson has been called up to the big club, but he did not play the last time he was in Buffalo.

Nelson, 25, has been primarily playing as a top-pairing defenseman with the Amerks in the American Hockey League with Brendan Guhle. In 37 games played this season, Nelson has two goals and eleven points, and leads the Amerks with a plus-11 rating.

He was skating on a pairing with Josh Gorges at Sabres practice Wednesday morning.

Some thought that Guhle was going to get called up once the bye week had ended after a successful two games in Buffalo last week. However, Guhle left practice on Tuesday with some lower-body soreness and is considered day-to-day. Rochester is in Utica on Wednesday to face the Comets in the second game of a home-and-home series.

The Sabres will head out to New York City to face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.