Sabres down defenseman Numminen for Game 4

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen will miss Friday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals series against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a groin injury.

Numminen skated at the morning practice Friday, but will miss
his third consecutive playoff game because of the injury sustained
in Game 1.

The Sabres, who lead the series 2-1, will play without three of their top five defensemen. Dmitri Kalinin (ankle) is also sidelined and Henrik Tallinder (broken arm) is out for the remainder of the playoffs.

Doug Janik will replace Numminen, and will likely be paired with Jeff Jillson, who made his playoff debut in Game 3. Janik made his first playoff appearance in Game 2, replacing Numminen.