Buffalo Sabres center Cody McCormick (8) celebrates after scoring a shorthanded goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Skating away is Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6
Chris O'Meara
January 11, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Cody McCormick has been hospitalized because of a blood clot in his leg.

Coach Ted Nolan provided the update following practice Sunday. Nolan says McCormick was fortunate the clot was discovered when it was, and adds it's uncertain how long he will miss.

For NHL players and other athletes, blood clots are a deadly threat

McCormick scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday.

Nolan says center Torrey Mitchell is set to return after missing 12 games with a lower body injury.

Captain Brian Gionta returned to practice, but is not yet ready to play. Gionta has missed nine games with an upper body injury.

The Sabres are off until Tuesday, when they host the Detroit Red Wings.

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