Buffalo Sabres Will Be Without Spacek, Hecht Tonight in Anaheim

Brandon K.Correspondent IFebruary 2, 2009

The injury bug has bit the Buffalo Sabres yet again. Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and forward Jochen Hecht will both miss tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Both players were injured early in a 2-0 win against the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday night. Spacek was injured midway through the first period after finishing a check on a Phoenix forward. Hecht left the game after being blindsided and apparently was experiencing  blurred vision.

Filling in for the two Sabres' regulars is Andrew Peters and Portland Pirates' defenseman, Mike Weber.

Peters, who played last week against Calgary, has been a healthy scratch for most of the new year. Tonight he hopes to add some much needed grit and toughness against a team that has set standards in those two categories.

In last year's only meeting between the two clubs, Buffalo was widely out-hit, thus losing the game. But in recent games this year, Buffalo has shown they can play any style of game they need to win.

Saturday against Phoenix, Buffalo was able to match the physicality of the Coyotes. And even in the loss to Calgary last week, they matched the Flames hit-for-hit, until losing their legs in the third period.

Hopefully tonight we will get to see Peters take on the Ducks' George Parros. The two heavyweights went head-to-head last year.


Weber has been recalled by the Sabres today and will be in the starting lineup tonight. He has missed the last few weeks after receiving arthroscopic knee surgery. The "D" man was cleared to play earlier this week.

Weber is now the third Sabres defenseman to be called up from Portland. He will join call-ups Marc-Andre Gragnani and Chris Butler on the Sabres blue-line. The Sabres are without four of their regular six starting defensemen—Andrej Sekera, Teppo Numminen (jaw), Henrik Tallinder (shoulder), and now Spacek (hip) have all gone down with injuries within the last month.

Weber has played two games for Buffalo so far this season. He is a minus-2 and has averaged more than 15 minutes of ice time in those two games.

The Sabres' will finish up their yearly west coast trip tonight. They are 2-1 during that stretch, and 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.