Villie Leino just can’t buy a break with the Buffalo Sabres. The Finnish forward has been hampered with injuries during his stint with the blue and gold.
It was just reported that Leino has a cracked rib and will be out indefinitely. This is a huge blow to the Sabres who already struggle offensively and on the power play. Leino started the season on the team’s second line alongside Steve Ott and Tyler Ennis. He was also on the team’s second power play unit.
Leino suffered his injury in the first period of last night’s game. Despite the severity of his injury, Leino played the whole game accumulating just under 13 minutes of ice time in the loss.
Leino spent most of last season on the IR; however, when he was in the lineup he produced 6 points in 8 games as he was one of the better Sabres last season.
With the loss of Leino comes the season debut of rookie Johan Larsson. Tyler Ennis will now move to the wing as Larsson will take the centre duties.
Buffalo will look to rebound from their opening night loss when the face the Ottawa Senators at home on Friday night.