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The NHL season is up and running and the injury bug has already hit hard. Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel is just one of many injury casualties. The young phenom was injured Wednesday at practice. He appeared to get tangled up with Zemgus Girgensons in front of the net. The collision left Eichel lying on the ice grabbing his left ankle in pain.

The injury dampers the excitement of opening the season this Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. “You’re looking at one of your key players, one of your best players going down in pain on the ice,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “It’s not a good thing. We’re going to let it calm down here and get it evaluated and see the extent of him turning his ankle there.” Buffalo confirmed Thursday morning that Eichel did suffer a left high-ankle sprain. The time table given by the team was weeks. It is speculated it could be up to six weeks.

Injury Updates:

Carey Price – Montreal – Flu – Will miss opener versus Buffalo. Speculation is that this may be more that the flu. Very odd to make starting determination two day out with the flu.

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles – Lower body injury – Was injured Wednesday night versus the San Jose Sharks. This one looks long term.

Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh – Concussion – Taking it day-to-day with no timetable for return. Scary situation with the amount of concussions that he has had.

Partice Bergeron – Boston – Lower body injury – day-to-day

Ryan O’Reilly – Buffalo – Back injury – day-to-day

Tyler Seguin – Dallas – Heel – day-to-day

Nick Bjugstad – Florida – Broken Hand – Long-term

Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida – Achilles Cut – Long-term

Marion Gaborik – Los Angeles – Broken Right Foot – Long-term injury sustained at World Cup.

Matt Murray – Pittsburgh – Broken Hand – day-to-day

Jayden Schwartz – St. Louis – Elbow – Long-term

Ryan Callahan – Tampa Bay – Hip – Long-term

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