BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane will miss the final nine days of the season because of an upper body injury.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday that Kane likely needs three to four weeks to recover. Buffalo is out of playoff contention and has just five games left, including hosting Toronto on Thursday night.
Kane appeared to hurt his left hand while battling for a puck in a 3-2 loss at Detroit on Monday. He ranks third on the team with 20 goals and fourth with 35 points in 65 games this year.
This was Kane's first season on the ice with Buffalo. He had just had season-ending shoulder surgery when he was acquired by the Sabres in a multi-player deal with Winnipeg in February 2015.