NEW YORK -- Rookie Nathan Gerbe, who has a goal and assist during his two games with the Sabres, will not get a chance to play his third tonight against the New York Rangers.
"He played very well, but he's nursing a bit of a groin now that is probably going to keep him out of the lineup tonight," coach Lindy Ruff said after the morning skate in Madison Square Garden.
The absence of the left winger leaves a hole in the forward ranks, and it may be close to the 7 p.m. start before it's clear who will fill it.
Mike Grier, who has missed three games due to the death of his mother, is expected to rejoin the team today but will not play. Ruff could use defenseman Nathan Paetsch at forward, and the coach added the team could recall a forward from Portland. The Sabres' minor-league team played Friday night in Hartford, Conn., and plays tonight in Springfield, Mass.
"We'll see come game time about Nathan," Ruff said. "We're in that process right now [of trying to call someone up], so we'll see."