Kulikov has been out since December 27th, but returned to practice on Monday, which suggests that he could be back by the time the Sabres’ return from the All-Star break. Expect him to miss Tuesday and Thursday’s game before the break, but monitor his status as the week progresses just to be sure.
The Sabres have recalled Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL).
Nelson, 24, has scored four goals with five assists (nine points) in 27 games with Rochester this season. He appeared in eight games with the Sabres earlier this season, but failed to record a point. He could draw into the lineup on Saturday because Jake McCabe is likely out due to a shoulder injury.
McCabe (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday’s game.
McCabe left Friday’s game after playing just 56 seconds and did not return. McCabe left with a shoulder injury after falling to the ice in a collision and likely won’t be in the lineup on Saturday. The Sabres recalled Casey Nelson on Saturday morning, which suggests McCabe is out.
Nilsson (illness) will start Friday vs. the Red Wings.
Nilsson allowed one goal on 16 shots after replacing Robin Lehner in the Sabres’ loss in Toronto on Tuesday. Nilsson missed Thursday’s practice with an illness, but will be in the crease tonight vs. the Red Wings. Nilsson has gone 2-3-1 with a 2.74 GAA and .921 SV% in January and comes into Friday with a .924 SV% on the season while facing 33.8 shots per start.
Nilsson was held off of the ice on Thursday because of an illness, which required the Sabres to recall Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL). With Nilsson ill, expect Ullmark to remain with the team and backup Robin Lehner on Friday.
Ennis (undisclosed) is expected to play on Friday.
Ennis returned to the lineup on Monday, but was scratched in the second half of the back-to-back to ease him back into action. He was back on the first line this morning and heads into Friday with two goals and one assist in 13 games.
The Sabres have recalled Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL).
Ullmark, 23, has gone 15-13-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .908 SV% in 29 games with Rochester this season and his recall suggests that there is something wrong with Anders Nilsson as Ullmark and Robin Lehner are the only goalies on the ice this morning.
Lehner stopped 31 of 32 shots in the Sabres’ win over the Stars on Monday afternoon. Lehner will start on back-to-back days as he gets set to face the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Lehner has won his last two starts while stopping 63 of 67 shots (.940 SV%). In his first start against the Maple Leafs, Lehner allowed two goals on 29 shots in a 2-1 loss.
Lehner allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Sabres’ win over the Jets on January 7th, Lehner has missed the last three games with an illness, but will return to the crease on Monday. The 25-year-old has gone 4-7-2 with a 2.45 GA and .922 SV% in 13 games at KeyBank Center this season.
The Sabres have recalled Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL).
This is O’Reilly’s second recall of the season and played four games with them back in November. O’Reilly is currently tied for second in the AHL with 26 assists and tied for ninth in points with 34 (8G / 26A).
Ennis (groin) could return to the Sabres’ lineup on Monday.
Ennis has missed the last 30 games after undergoing groin surgery on November 10th. Ennis skated on the Sabres’ top line with Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo in Sunday’s practice and also played on the second power play unit as well. Ennis has one goal and one assist in 12 games earlier this season.
Lehner (illness) will likely start Monday afternoon.
Lehner allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Sabres’ win over the Jets on January 7th, Lehner has missed the last three games with an illness, but is expected to return to the crease on Monday. The 25-year-old has gone 4-7-2 with a 2.45 GA and .922 SV% in 13 games at KeyBank Center this season.