Girgensons scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Canucks. He rounded out his line with four shots, a blocked shot, a hit and a plus-2 rating. Girgensons has four points (two goals and two helpers) through three games to begin the season as he assumes a key role for a Sabres roster missing some key pieces in its forward ranks.
Girgensons registered a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-1 blowout win over the Canadiens. Girgensons redirected Colin Miller's point shot past Samuel Montembeault to give the Sabres a two-goal lead to close out the second period. The 27-year-old added an assist later in the game and had two shots, a hit and a block in 15:16 of ice time.
Girgensons (hamstring) skated with some of his teammates Monday and will be ready for the Sabres' upcoming training camp, WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Girgensons missed the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury during January's training camp, but he should be back to 100 percent well before Buffalo's regular-season opener Oct. 14 versus Montreal. Girgensons picked up 12 goals and 19 points through 69 games in 2019-20 and should be a regular in the Sabres' bottom six this season.
Girgensons underwent surgery to repair a hamstring injury Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. With an expected recovery timetable of six months, Girgensons will almost certainly miss the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign, even if the Sabres make a deep playoff run. His lengthy absence will likely go unnoticed by most virtual managers, as he only picked up 12 goals and 19 points in 69 games last season, but it won't go unnoticed by Buffalo's fans, as Girgensons is one of the team's best defensive forwards and penalty killers. Tobias Rieder, Rasmus Asplund and Riley Sheahan are the leading candidates to fill in for Girgensons, who will undoubtedly be placed on long-term injured reserve, during the upcoming campaign.
Coach Ralph Krueger described Girgensons' (lower body) injury as "very questionable" after practice Monday, adding that the forward is still being evaluated, Lance Lysowksi of The Buffalo News reports. The coach didn't sound optimistic regarding Girgensons' injury, though it's too early to tell what the extent of his absence will be. Girgensons could be in danger of missing the start of the season, though a more detailed diagnosis from the team will likely surface in the coming days.
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