The Sabres and Amerks lose Criscuolo for weeks

March 6, 2018
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - With Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues injured, the Sabres needed a center. Against Florida, they tried Zemgus Girgensons and that didn’t work so they called up Kyle Criscuolo from Rochester.

Criscuolo is a big part of why the Amerks have done so well this season, scoring 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 50 games.

Early in the game against Toronto, Criscuolo went to check Matt Martin against the wall. The move backfired as Martin braced himself and the 5’ 8", 165-pound center bounced off. He went straight to the room holding his shoulder and the Sabres have announced he’s out 4-to-6 weeks. That’s a big blow to a team in the Amerks that is already missing their leading scorer and rookie All-Star C.J. Smith.

Smith’s lower-body injury must be coming along because he’s now listed as week-to-week.

Rodrigues is no longer day-to-day and is listed as week-to-week with what is believed to be a rib injury.

The Sabres had an optional skate on Tuesday because they have four games in six days this week with the last game a 1:00 start on Saturday.