Sabres RW Kotalik out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

BUFFALO, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The injuries continue to pile up for the Buffalo Sabres.

The league-leading Sabres learned Monday that right wing Ales Kotalik will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a right knee injury.

Kotalik was hurt in Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins after colliding with defenseman Andrew Ference.

Kotalik’s injury is the latest for the Sabres, whose depth is sure to be tested.

Right wing Maxim Afinogenov, the team’s second-leading scorer, broke his left hand, and center Jiri Novotny injured his ankle in last Thursday’s overtime win against Edmonton.

Center Paul Gaustad (torn tendon) is out for the season, and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek is sidelined with a broken left hand.

Despite all the injuries, the Sabres (39-15-5) continue to lead the league in points. They are five points ahead of New Jersey in the race for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

In 59 games this season, Kotalik has registered 14 goals and 36 points.

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Updated Monday, Feb 19, 2007