Secondary scoring is suddenly the least of the Buffalo Sabres' concerns. Now, coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill may be without their captain and star center, Jack Eichel.
Eichel, the Sabres' leading scorer with 49 points in 40 games, left in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night in KeyBank Center.
The Sabres, now 21-13-6 with 48 points, have scored only 10 goals in their last six games and are only two points ahead of Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Despite losing Eichel, the Sabres managed to cut the deficit to one goal when Kyle Okposo scored during an impressive third-period rally, however, they could be without a Hart Trophy candidate at a critical point of the season.