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Sabres coach Ralph Krueger ‘very concerned’ about defenseman Jake McCabe’s injury

The Sabres were finding themselves falling deeper into the basement of the NHL’s East Division, with their COVID outbreak, six postponements, and a four-game losing streak.

Buffalo finally snapped that streak with a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, but it could have lost Jake McCabe to an apparent right knee injury after the defenseman collided with Nico Hischier in the third period.

“I’m very concerned,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger after the game, confirming McCabe’s lower body injury.

We don’t have a final diagnosis yet, but it rips my heart out to see what Jake has gone through, with the COVID battle, with having had symptoms … now in question for the future. … There’s a big, big ache in my heart right now, which the win certainly can’t neutralize.”

McCabe’s injury was part of a difficult third period for the Sabres, who gave up two goals to the Devils in the final 20 minutes, but they controlled the game well enough in the first 40 minutes to win it.