Kotalik added to Sabres’ injury list

first_imgKotalik’s name is added to a growing list of banged-up Sabres. Buffalo is now down sixregulars after Maxim Afinogenov, the team’s second-leading scorer, broke his left hand and Jiri Novotny twisted his left ankle in a 2-1 overtime win Thursday over Edmonton. Afinogenov is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks, while Novotny will be out indefinitely. Buffalo has already lost forward Paul Gaustad (torn tendon) for the season, and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (broken left hand) will be out for about a month. Center Tim Connolly has yet to play this year after sustaining a concussion in last season’s playoffs. Kotalik has 14 goals and 36points in 59 games this season after setting career highs in goals (25) and points (62) last year. To replace Kotalik, Buffalo recalled Michael Ryan from Rochester of the American Hockey League. Oilers place Pisani on IR: Edmonton placed forward Fernando Pisani on injured reserve while he recovers from a concussion. The Oilers recalled Tom Gilbert and Jean-Francois Jacques from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Pisani missed the first threegames of a seven-game trip after suffering a concussion in a win over Atlanta on Feb.11. He has 11 goals and 21points in 56games this season. Buffalo Sabres forward Ales Kotalik will miss the next 4-6weeks because of a right knee injury. Kotalik hurt the knee colliding with Boston defenseman Andrew Ference five minutes into the second period in Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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