Luca Sbisa registered a hat trick of sorts. But not the kind you celebrate.
The 27-year-old Golden Knights defenseman is headed back to injured-reserve for the third time this season after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon on the middle finger of his left hand. Sbisa is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Sbisa was injured during Friday’s 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He had been involved in a fight with John Hayden 6:25 into the second period and later in the period blocked a shot of Brandon Saad. He did not return for the third period and did not play in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
The news of Sbisa’s surgery was first reported by swisshockeynews.com.
Sbisa, who has played in 24 of the team’s 41 games and has one goal and nine assists, missed seven games after suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 10. He returned to the lineup Nov. 30 and and appeared in seven games before suffering a different lower-body injury Dec. 12. He missed nine games during his second stint on the IR and last Friday marked his most recent return to the lineup.