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NHL teams feeling pain of injuries and condensed schedule

Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, Johnny Gaudreau and Jonathan Quick: The NHL's injured-reserve list could ice its own all-star lineup.

If it seems the league's top talent is sidelined a quarter into the season, you're not mistaken. No more is that aching trend apparent than in Buffalo, where five key Sabres players are out, including top centers Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly.

"I think the more injuries you have, obviously the harder it's going to be," said Sabres forward Evander Kane, who recently returned after missing 11 games with broken ribs. "But there's no excuse. Nobody's going to feel sorry for you."

Lightning players had a similar lament...