Skinner leaves game with lower body injury

Jeff Skinner

BUFFALO, NY – OCTOBER 25: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Buffalo Sabres during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the KeyBank Center on October 25, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)

The Sabres will be without star winger Jeff Skinner the remainer of Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals due to a lower body injury.

Skinner, who leads the Sabres with 36 goals, went down midway through the second period as he was tripped up by Caps winger Carl Hagelin while skating through the slot.

After falling to the ice, Skinner stayed down in pain and tried to inch himself toward the bench before being helped by trainers.

The 26-year-old Toronto native was acquired last summer by Sabres general manager Jason Botterill and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. His agent and the Sabres’ front office have discussed the possiblity of a new contract to keep the star winger in the Queen City.

Buffalo led 2-1 in the second period at the time of the injury with goals courtesy of Jason Pominville and Sam Reinhart.

Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin pulled the defending Stanley Cup champions to within one netting his 44th goal of the season on breakaway.

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