Sabres goaltender Patrick Lalime has suffered a groin injury, forcing the team to recall second-year netminder Jhonas Enroth from Portland.
Lalime was injured during Monday's practice and though he was in HSBC Arena on Tuesday, he was unable to skate.
"It didn't come around," coach Lindy Ruff said this morning. "It's actually the first time he's ever had some type of groin strain. You never know with groins. We hope it's not long. It depends on how it responds."
Lalime has appeared in just two games this season. He is 0-1 with a 4.14 goals-against average and .854 save percentage. He stopped 12 of 14 shots after replacing Ryan Miller in the second period of Saturday's 5-0 loss to the New York Islanders, who visit the arena tonight.
Enroth, in his second pro season, is 3-7 with the Pirates, recording a 3.90 GAA and .872 save percentage.
"He struggled the first part, the last few games he's played well,'' Ruff said. "If he's here for any length of time, he's going to have to play.
"We're going to stick to the program. By the weekend, if Patty isn't ready to play, there's a good chance Jhonas would play."