Eichel (ankle) will be a game-day decision for Saturday's matchup with the Blackhawks, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Eichel's been practicing with his teammates since Tuesday, but the Sabres opted to hold him out of Thursday's game against Toronto, which was likely a precautionary measure. Now that he's got a few more full practices under his belt, it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to action against the Blackhawks, although his status for that contest likely won't be confirmed until after Buffalo's morning skate.
Eichel (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. The phenom has missed the past 14 games with his injury, but he was able to practice Tuesday to ramp up excitement among the Sabres faithful and fantasy owners alike. Eichel's next chance to return now comes Saturday against the visiting Blackhawks.
Eichel (ankle) was spotted on the ice Tuesday morning for practice, NHL.com's Joe Yerdon reports. This is great news for the Sabres and Eichel, who has missed the past 14 games due to a high-ankle sprain. Despite missing a month of action, Eichel is still the team's leading scorer with 22 goals and 53 points in 55 games. Eichel skated by himself Sunday and later on a line Tuesday with Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville, while Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart formed the other scoring line with Scott Wilson. The Sabres play the Leafs onThursday, a team they've been very good against despite their poor regular season record, and Eichel may get a chance to face good friend Auston Matthews (shoulder), who's also expected to return soon. Eichel, who has four goals and nine points in seven career games against the Leafs, is a must-play if he dresses.
Eichel (ankle) skated by himself before Sunday's morning skate, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. This is the first time Eichel has hit the ice since incurring a high-ankle sprain Feb. 11, but it appears it'll still be a few weeks before he can return to game play. With the Sabres far from playoff contention, there's no rush to return their 2015 first-round pick. However, fantasy owners are yearning for Eichel to get healthy, as he's already posted his third straight 20-goal, 50-point season at 21 years old.
Eichel (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday, per the NHL's official media site. Ever since news broke that Eichel would be held out for 4-to-6 weeks this transaction has always been a formality, and won't effect his recovery timetable. With an extra roster spot open, Linus Ullmark was called up from AHL Rochester, and Ryan O'Reilly still figures to remain the first line center as long as Eichel remains sidelined.
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