BUFFALO -- Rookie center Aleksander Barkov left late in the first period with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Coach Peter Horachek said the injury isn't considered serious adding that Barkov was lifted from the game for precautionary reasons.
Barkov, the second-overall pick of the 2013 draft, leads the Panthers in points.
"They said it would be safer .-.-. He probably could have gone back out,'' Horachek said afterward. "We were [winning] and on the road. We just want to be very careful with him.''