The 23-year-old sustained an upper-body injury while blocking a shot in the first period of the Sabres 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, and could miss anywhere from one to three weeks.
Hodgson was in his second game back after returning from a lower-body injury that had sidelined him for two games. He currently leads the Sabres in goals, assists, and points this season, with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 total points in 33 games. He also has 12 penalty minutes and is rated a minus-10.
Newly acquired forward Linus Omark will take Hodgson’s spot in the lineup on Saturday night when the Sabres travel to Boston to face the Bruins, just two days after being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. The 26-year-old had 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 29 games with the Oklahoma City Barons so far this season, the Oilers AHL affiliate. He had appeared in only one game with the Oilers this season, being held without a point while going a minus-1 back on Nov. 7.
In 66 career games with the Oilers since 2010, Omark has eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points, while recording 34 penalty minutes and a minus-22 rating. He will wear no. 17 with the Sabres.