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Jack Eichel joins Sabres for practice on Friday

Jack Eichel’s absence from the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup may last only one game.

The 23-year-old captain was on the KeyBank Center ice for practice Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he was an upper-body injury made him a late scratch for the Sabres’ 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Wells Fargo Center. Eichel did not seem to have any limitations and centered the team’s top line during drills.

Jack Eichel is up to second in the NHL in goals with 23.(Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

However, Eichel’s status for Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings won’t be determined until hours before puck drop in Buffalo. Neither Eichel nor coach Ralph Krueger would reveal any more details about the ailment, other than the Sabres’ top center is “day to day” and had been playing through whatever forced him to miss his first game of the season.