Buffalo (25-19-5) at Phoenix (24-21-5), 9:00 pm EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Coyotes will attempt
to the avoid a third straight loss without a key offensive
The Coyotes will be without center Steve Reinprecht when they
host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
Reinprecht left Thursday's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks in
the first period with a shoulder injury and did not return. He
will miss four-to-eight weeks.
The 32-year-old Reinprecht, who ranks fourth on the team with 28
points this season, owns a club-best, plus-9 rating.
"It's tough. He's a consummate team player as far as his work
ethic goes, and he has been great with our young kids," Phoenix
coach Wayne Gretzky said Friday. "Defensively, he has been
sound as far as faceoffs and killing penalties. It's going to
be a big hole for us."
The Sabres, who are currently on a six-game road swing, are
coming off a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
Buffalo will wrap up its trip in Anaheim on Monday.
Currently sitting in seventh in the Eastern Conference
standings, the Sabres have posted an 8-4-0 record this month.