The Buffalo Sabres will be without their captain as they bid to end a season-high seven-game winless skid.
Jack Eichel has been ruled out of Tuesday’s road game against the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury, the team announced on its official Twitter account.
Eichel notched an assist in his fourth consecutive contest during the Sabres’ 5-2 setback versus the New York Islanders on Sunday. The loss dropped Buffalo to 0-6-1 in its last seven games.
The 24-year-old Eichel has just two goals in 21 games, although his 16 assists and 18 points are tops on the team.
Eichel recorded a career-high 36 goals to go along with team-best totals in assists (42) and points (78) in 68 games last season. He also pieced together a 17-game point streak during the campaign.
Eichel is in the midst of the third season of an eight-year, $80 million contract signed prior to the 2018-19 campaign.
Eichel has collected 355 points (139 goals, 216 assists) in 375 career games since being selected by the Sabres with the second overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.
He was the 2015 Hobey Baker Award recipient as the top hockey player in the NCAA while at Boston University.
–Field Level Media