St. Louis has placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve, which means last season's playoff standout won't be in the lineup Friday when the Blues visit the Sabres and HSBC Arena.
Halak, who is 19-17-6 with a 2.63 goals-against average and .907 save percentage, has a hand injury. He cedes the crease to former Buffalo backup Ty Conklin. He is 1-2-2 in his five decisions since Jan. 1. Conklin, however, has historically owned the Sabres. He is 6-1 with a 1.70 GAA and .943 save percentage in seven games against Buffalo.