Montour and Guhle not expected to face former teams

Both Brandon Montour and Brendan Guhle will likely not play Wednesday due to injury

Louie DiBiase
October 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

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The two defenseman that were part of a trade between the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks before the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline will likely not be on the ice Wednesday night in Orange County to face their former teams. 

Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour has missed the first six regular season games as he continues to recover from a hand injury suffered in the preseason. On the other side, former Sabres defenseman Brendan Guhle has been out the last two games for Anaheim with a lower-body injury. 

A former second round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Guhle spent four seasons with the Sabres organization before getting dealt this past February, along with a first round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft for Montour. 

Guhle appeared in just six games with the Ducks last year, finishing with one point.

Like his new team, Guhle has started fast in the 2019-20 campaign with two points in the first four games before his injury. The lower-body injury kept Guhle out of team practices this week, putting his status in doubt for Wednesday. 

As for Montour, the 25-year-old could return from his hand injury within the next two weeks, but there isn't the same possibility that he returns to the ice against the Ducks on Wednesday.

Both teams have invested a good amount of belief and compensation for the two young defenseman.

Their returns should only add to the hot starts for the Sabres and Ducks, who are a combined 9-2-1 in the regular season.

Faceoff on Wednesday is set for 10 p.m. on WGR with the Paul William-Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 9 p.m. with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton. 

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