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Sabres Jack Eichel out at least a week with apparent neck injury

Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss "minimum a week" after suffering an upper body injury against the Islanders Sunday.
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Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

PHILADELPHIA — Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss at least one week after suffering an apparent neck injury Sunday.  He sat out Tuesday night's game against the Flyers. 

Coach Ralph Krueger updated the situation after the 5-4 shootout loss in Philadelphia.

"Jack went back to Buffalo early. He's still being assessed. He'll be out minimum a week. We have an upper body situation that needs deeper analysis before we decide further."

Eichel appeared to have been dealing with an injury late in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders and was seen on the game broadcast rubbing his neck on the bench.

The Sabres are at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.