The Buffalo Sabres are hoping to win two games in a row as they will host the New York Rangers tonight and Thursday. Buffalo is coming off a shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon while the Rangers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Here are a couple of updates.
According to head coach Ralph Krueger, Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju is a game time decision for tonight after suffering a minor injury the other day. If Jokiharju can’t go, Matt Irwin will make his Sabres debut, according to Lance Lysowski. The Sabres defenseman has one goal this year, so we’ll see if he will play tonight or not. According to Krueger, he is day-to-day.
Hutton returns to practice
Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton returned to practice this morning after missing a couple of games because of a concussion. Last week against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hutton was involved in collision. He finished the period but did not come back because he was starting to feel the effects of the hit in between periods. To make room, the team assigned Jonas Johansson to the team’s taxi squad.
Cozens back in the lineup
Sabres rookie Dylan Cozens will be back in the lineup tonight after taking a game off on Sunday. Ralph Krueger said he wanted to give Cozens a rest and wanted to keep the taxi squad in the fold of things. Casey Mittelstadt took Cozens place in the lineup against Washington and now, Cozens will take Mittelstadt’s place tonight. The rookie will look to contribute once again as he scored his first NHL goal last week.
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Expected goalie matchup
New York Rangers head coach David Quinn confirmed that Alex Georgiev will get the start for the Rangers tonight. As for the Sabres, nothing is confirmed but according to Paul Hamilton, it seems like Linus Ullmark will get the start for Buffalo. Puck drop will take place just after 7 pm.
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