BUFFALO - The Sabres, down three of their top six defensemen following a rash of injuries, recalled Marc-Andre Gragnani from Portland on Monday.
Buffalo, which resumes play tonight in Edmonton following the NHL All-Star break, has lost Andrej Sekera (ankle), Teppo Numminen (jaw) and Henrik Tallinder (shoulder) during the last five games.
The blue line isn't much better in Portland, however. Mike Card, Michael Funk (concussions) and Mike Weber (knee) are all sidelined.
Gragnani, meanwhile, has four goals, 30 points, a plus-3 rating and 34 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Pirates. He's tied for the team lead with 26 assists and ranks fourth among AHL defensemen in scoring.
The 21-year-old, who split time between defense and forward last season in Rochester, played two games in Buffalo last year, skating on the wing. The Sabres selected him 87th overall in the 2005 draft.
The Sabres also play Wednesday in Calgary, on Saturday in Phoenix and conclude the second leg of the six-game trip, which began last week in Florida, on Monday in Anaheim. They don't play at home again until Feb. 4 against Toronto.