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Buffalo Sabres Recall Curtis Lazar

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With potentially three forwards down, Buffalo needs help

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Curtis Lazar from the AHL’s Rochester Americans, the NHL club announced Friday morning.

Lazar’s recall comes after Thursday’s 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, during which the Sabres lost both Johan Larsson and Evan Rodrigues to injuries. Captain Jack Eichel also missed Thursday’s game with what the team has called an “upper-body injury,” although he did participate in pregame warm-ups and the morning skate.

Larsson skated just two shifts in the second period and then did not return. Rodrigues went down later in the game after blocking a shot and, like Larsson, did not return. Their status going forward, along with that of Eichel, is unknown at this point.

Lazar joins the Sabres in the midst of a solid season with the Amerks. He has 14 points (6-8) in 18 games, averaging .78 points per game. This is his third NHL recall of the season; in the six games he’s played with the Sabres thus far, he has one goal.

The Sabres return to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting the Los Angeles Kings for a 1 p.m puck drop at KeyBank Center.