Monday, February 22, 2016
Sabres Lose O'Reilly
The Buffalo Sabres took a pretty big hit to their lineup, you know, if they were going to try for the playoffs this year... which they won't. No, the Eastern Conference cellar dwellers will be without Ryan O'Reilly for upwards of a month, due to a lower-body injury he suffered on Friday night. O'Reilly missed out on Sunday's game against the Penguins and when the game was finished, the team announced that their number one pivot would be out for the next 3-to-4 weeks with the injury.
Despite being on a poor Buffalo team, O'Reilly has been having a pretty good year, taking a big leadership role on a rebuilding club, leading by example. In 59 games this year, the veteran pivot has 17 goals and 49 points, ranking 37th overall in pool scoring, heading into this week. With only seven weeks left in the season, he is scheduled to miss about half of that total, which will certainly hurt his overall rankings, but should keep him up there enough to be considered for a high pick in next year's draft.
Grant's bid for staying out of last place will take a bit of a hit with the loss of O'Reilly from his lineup, since that is his best player now out of the lineup for about a month. This season, the 25-year old has accounted for 13.5% of Grant's total points this year and now ranks at the bottom of the pool for projected games to be played this week.
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