Hodgson could miss up to three weeks; Omark expected to play on Saturday
Forward Linus Omark, whom the Buffalo Sabres acquired from the Edmonton Oilers organization during Buffalo’s 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday, did not practice with the team Friday morning at First Niagara Center.
He will, however, be in Buffalo’s lineup Saturday night for their rematch against the Bruins. The team travels to Boston this afternoon and it looks like Omark will meet them there.
“I believe he’ll be waiting in Boston for us, either waiting or getting there soon after we arrive. We’ll see him today,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “He’ll take a spot in the lineup. I’m not 100 percent sure exactly where we’ll put him yet, but he’ll play tomorrow night.”
Buffalo traded a conditional sixth-round pick to the Oilers for Omark, 26, who led the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League in scoring with 29 points (14+15) in 29 games. He was also the fourth-leading scoring in the AHL at the time of the trade.
Omark is a veteran of 66 NHL games who has totaled 30 points (8+22) over parts of three seasons.
Hodgson will miss anywhere from one to three weeks after he blocked a shot in the first period. Nolan said that Hodgson has been placed on injured reserve.
With the two teams meeting again Saturday night, Sabres defenseman Mike Weber expects the Bruins to come out even harder on their home ice.
“I expect them probably to be a little upset about the loss, but we’ve always played them hard. It’s always been a hard-fought game so I’m not too worried about anything,” he said. “It’s always better when you’re into the game and people are hitting you and you’re hitting them back and you’re into the battles in front of the net. That’s the type of game I like anyways.”
Nolan said that a solid effort up and down the lineup will be key for Buffalo to have success. In their past two games, in which they’ve scored four goals each, the Sabres have been able to receive contributions from all four of their lines.
“The heavyweights of the League, you’re not going to go blow-for-blow with them and see how you do. If you do that, it’s not going to turn out very well,” Nolan said. “So what we want to do is have more of a balanced attack and use all four lines because they have some pretty big forwards and a big defense.”
Weber got into a bit of a scuffle with Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Thursday, but when Weber went to drop the gloves, Lucic didn’t follow suit. On the play, Weber received minor penalties for holding and roughing while Lucic got two for roughing.
“I always try to play hard against every guy I play against but when a big guy like that staring back at you, you always want to throw first,” Weber said. “He wasn’t allowed to fight so I got the extra one, but just to play hard, that’s my job, that’s my role.”