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The Buffalo Sabres shall be down a player in Saturday’s rematch with the Tampa Bay Lightning after Nikita Kucherov injured Vladimir Sobotka with a uninteresting hit.

Sobotka had fired the puck into the Lightning zone correct during the principal length of Friday’s 3-2 do away with in Sweden. Kucherov, last year’s league MVP, went down low to tell a hip test, and Sobotka flipped over him and hit the ice.

The ahead had to be helped off the ice and did now not return. He change into noticed carrying a strolling boot that went above his fair knee, The Athletic reported. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Sobotka change into out for Saturday’s recreation and would perchance well perchance be re-examined on Monday.

Kucherov, who scored the hole unbiased in Friday’s recreation, led the league with 128 points last season and obtained the Hart Trophy (writers’ MVP vote) and the Ted Lindsay Award (gamers’ vote).

He change into suspended for one playoff recreation for a boarding infraction against Markus Nutivaara in Sport 2 of the Lightning’s monstrous four-recreation sweep by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Krueger argued with the referees concerning the dearth of a call and change into overheard shouting, “You may well perchance contain got bought eight eyes” in reference to the four on-ice officers.

But he selected his phrases sparsely after the recreation.

“It’s something I’m able to’t management, the selections which would perchance well perchance be being made,” he said. “They didn’t commit one formula or the completely different. Clearly with out a call, their resolution change into it change into a beautiful hit. … We want to transfer on, whether we esteem it or no longer. All americans can uncover at that video and originate their private resolution on it.”

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