Just a few days ago, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff credited a return to health along the blue line as one of the keys to the team's turnaround. Today, he confirmed one defenseman is back out.
Christian Ehrhoff, who suffered a left knee injury during Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Washington, was re-evaluated today. Ruff said the news was better than he'd hoped, but the blue-liner will miss games.
"He’ll miss some time," said Ruff, who declined to elaborate whether it was day-to-day or week-to-week. "It’ll be a period of time."
The Sabres have gone 19-5-5 since Ehrhoff and fellow blue-liner Robyn Regehr returned from injury against New Jersey on Jan. 24.
"Dealing maybe with one injury is better than what we’ve had to deal with in the past," Ruff said. "We’ve got Mike Weber who can step in, and Mike played well the two previous games before sitting out, and we’re going to need him to step in and play well again.
"Christian has been logging a lot of minutes and been playing well for us, but every team has to deal with it. We have to deal with it. We have to face a little bit of adversity, and we need players to step up, and I thought last night we did. Some guys played some big minutes and played well for us."
The Sabres also practiced in First Niagara Center without defenseman Andrej Sekera and center Derek Roy. Terming Sekera's absence as a "maintenance day," Ruff said the defenseman will play "for sure" at home against Pittsburgh on Friday.
"Derek wasn’t feeling well," Ruff said of Roy. "He may have a touch of the flu."