The Sabres, who will be without Drew Stafford "for a good period of time," have recalled forward Mark Mancari from Portland. The right winger will meet the team in New York for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Stafford suffered a groin injury during the first period of Friday's 3-2 overtime victory against Philadelphia.
"He's not doing very good," coach Lindy Ruff said today at the ice facility in Amherst. "He won't even make the trip with us. It looks like this groin injury is going to be a good period of time."
Mancari leads the Pirates with 22 goals and is tied with Tyler Ennis with a team-high 40 assists.
Most of the Sabres were given today off, with only 12 players taking the ice: goaltender Patrick Lalime; defensemen Henrik Tallinder, Steve Montador, Andrej Sekera, Craig Rivet and Chris Butler; forwards Mike Grier, Patrick Kaleta, Raffi Torres, Adam Mair, Matt Ellis and Paul Gaustad.
Gaustad was with his teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury Tuesday in Pittsburgh. He is not ready to return to a game.