The Winnipeg Jets will be without defensive anchor Zach Bogosian for another week or so.
Bogosian returned to the Jet lineup in their win over Florida last Thursday after missing seven games, but apparently aggravated an old injury during the victory and then left practice Saturday obviously frustrated with the latest turn of events.
Head coach Claude Noel confirmed the 21-yearold defenceman would be lost after Sunday morning’s practice and said the club will decide on whether Grant Clitsome or Mark Flood is inserted in Bogosian’s place for Monday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
"I thought (Bogosian) played really well last game and he’ll be a guy we’ll miss because he’s got weight and size and skates," said Noel. "But we won’t have him, so we’ll deal with it.
"(The injury) took place in the game and it caught us off guard a bit. We knew that it happened because he expressed that it happened. We just didn’t think it would be like this, but we’ve got a handle on it. We’ve just got to manage it again. He’s not very happy."
Bogosian has three goals and 19 assists for the Jets this year and continues to transform into a bona fide NHL star while averaging 23 minutes and 28 seconds of ice time per game.
The Jets have both Mark Flood and Grant Clitsome, acquired last week off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets, in reserve.
"Right now I’m leaning towards Clitsome because we haven’t seen him and I’d like to see how he does," Noel said.
The Jets entered action Sunday still clinging to eighth place in the Eastern Conference at 31-27-8, and remain two points back of the Panthers for first in the Southeast Division. The Panthers play Ottawa tonight while the Washington Capitals, one point back of the Jets, face the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, the Sabres have reemerged in a big way in the playoff picture courtesy a 6-2-2 record in their last 10 – including Saturday night’s impressive 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on the left coast. A good chunk of the credit for the Sabres turnaround can be directly attributed to the play of goaltender Ryan Miller, who has been spectacular of late.
"They look like a way better team and he looks like he’s in a good place and he’s giving the team confidence," said Noel. "He looked really good (Saturday) night and he looked good in the past few games. That’s exactly what goaltending does for you. They recognize that when he’s going, they’re going."