Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power left practice Monday in some discomfort after participating in a drill. He was hunched over in front of the bench before heading down the tunnel. After practice, head coach Don Granato said Power is having imaging done to evaluate an injury.
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The extent of the injury is unknown at this time, but Power would be a big loss for the Sabres if he is unable to play tomorrow against the Los Angeles Kings. He is second on the team in minutes-played, and is a key contributor to both the powerplay and penalty kill. Power’s absence would likely vault Jacob Bryson into the starting lineup, who’s only appeared in five games all season.
Power has two goals and 18 points in 51 games with Buffalo this season.
Other News & Notes From Practice
- It’s no secret that the Sabres are have trouble scoring. The solution? Attack with more authority, per Granato. “We had guys toward the net, to the net,” he said, “but we want more. We want more tips, we want more sticks on puck, we want to improve the delivery, the timing of the delivery…you’re going to look at all the different nuances there.”
- The coach had high praise for the energy and emotion that Dylan Cozens and Rasmus Dahlin bring to the table. Sometimes through the dog days of the season a team needs to be dragged into the fight, and Granato wants his other players to follow suit.
- Casey Mittelstadt’s been the subject of trade rumors recently, and it’s because he’s molded himself into a valuable contributor in the league. Regarding Mittelstadt’s confidence, Granato said it’s been a long process. “Casey had lots of adversity and lots of doubters day in and day out…he’d drive and drive and fight through it. When you come out the outside your have a lot more experience.”
- If Mittelstadt stays, he believes he can do more to help generate goals – even as the team’s leading scorer. “I can go to scoring areas more,” Mittelstadt said. While he made it clear that passing into scoring areas and making plays off the wall are big parts of his game, he admitted he can do a bit of both to help the Sabres at even strength.