Sabres’ Owen Power to miss at least a week with hand injury


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power is dealing with an upper-body injury and has been labeled as week-to-week, according to coach Don Granato’s announcement on Tuesday. The injury occurred during a practice session the day before, where Power appeared to injure his left hand, prompting him to leave the ice for tests. Granato mentioned that Power will undergo reevaluation next week to determine a more accurate timeline for his return.

Granato expressed hope for a shorter recovery period, ideally a couple of weeks. The Sabres, currently facing a two-game losing streak, find themselves without two key defensemen. This setback adds to their challenges as they aim to avoid extending the NHL’s longest playoff drought for a 13th consecutive season. Mattias Samuelsson is already ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a right arm injury sustained on January 23.

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Owen Power, the top pick in the 2021 draft, has seen a decline in performance this season compared to his impressive rookie year. After finishing third in the NHL rookie of the year voting last season, Power has been limited to two goals and 18 points in 51 games, a notable drop from his previous season’s four goals and 35 points in 79 games.

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