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Eichel skating again; Guhle called up from Rochester

The Sabres have also called up Kyle Criscuolo from the Amerks

March 04, 2018 - 2:46 pm

The Buffalo Sabres play the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time all season on Monday night at KeyBank Center. Monday will be the first of four meetings with the Maple Leafs, this all coming with 17 games left in the 2017-18 season.

The Sabres did get some good news on Sunday as head coach Phil Housley told the media that Jack Eichel skated for the first time since his high-ankle sprain back on February 10th in Boston.

"There's no timeline on [his recovery]. We don't want to put that pressure [on him]," Housley said after practice. "He has skated, he started skating yesterday. That's good to see him making progress."

Eichel's original timeline for a return to the lineup was four-to-six weeks, and he has just passed the three-week mark of the recovery process. The hope for Eichel and the Sabres is to get him back on the ice for some portion of the final stretch of games.

"That's the goal, but you never know how these things react," Housley said. "We don't want to put any timeline on it, but it's good to see him skating. I think that's a step in the right direction. Obviously he wants to play some games before the end of the year."

On Sunday, the Sabres did have Marco Scandella back on the ice after leaving Friday's game in Florida with an injury. Scandella says he felt good after practice, but the team will evaluate where he is at after Monday's morning skate.

Buffalo did not have the services of Evan Rodrigues on Friday, who is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He was not on the ice Sunday morning at pracitce, however he was watching the session from the Sabres' bench.

With Scandella and Rodrigues banged up, the Sabres have called up defenseman Brendan Guhle and center Kyle Criscuolo from the Rochester Americans.

Guhle was called up once earlier this season, playing in two games and registering an assist and five shots on goal. So far in his rookie season with the Amerks, Guhle has eight goals and 24 points in 47 games played. However, Guhle has struggled lately, being held pointless in seven straight games.

Criscuolo was also called up once before this season, but failed to find the scoresheet in eight games. In 50 games this season in Rochester, Criscuolo has produced 15 goals and 34 points. The 25-year old forward has played well recently down on the farm, scoring three goals and eight assists in his last 11 games.

Faceoff from KeyBank Center on Monday night is set for 7:30 p.m.

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