The Sabres have sent Nick Baptiste to Rochester (AHL).
Baptiste, 21, had one goal and one assist in two games during his call-up. The Sabres are on their bye week, so Baptiste returns to the AHL, where he has 19 goals and 11 assists (30 points) in 42 games.
The Sabres have sent Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL).
Rodrigues has two assists in six games during his call-up, but returns to Rochester over the Sabres’ bye week. The 23-year-old has collected nine goals and 18 assists (27 points) in 44 games with Rochester this season.
The Sabres have sent Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL).
Bailey’s two goals and one assist in 19 games with the Sabres this season, but heads back to Rochester so he can continue to play throughout their bye week. The 21-year-old has 19 goals and 10 assists (29 points) in 39 games with Rochester this season.
Kane (illness) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Kane was in the lineup after being a game-time decision on Thursday, so expect the same thing to happen this afternoon. He missed yesterday’s practice for rest reasons because he’s fighting an illness, but he should play vs. the Blues.
Kulikov (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Kulikov missed Friday’s practice for an undisclosed reason and is listed as a game-time decision for this afternoon’s game against the Blues. Expect him to be in the lineup, but monitor his status as the Sabres hit the ice for warmups at 12:30p.m. ET.
Franson (foot) will return to the Sabres' lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Franson has missed the last four games with a bone bruise on his foot, but will return to the lineup vs. the Blues this afternoon. Franson has three goals and 13 assists (16 points) in 51 games and will skate with Josh Gorges.
Lehner will start Saturday afternoon vs. the Blues.
Lehner stopped all 23 shots that he faced in the Sabres’ shutout win over the Avalanche on Thursday. Lehner has won three of his last four starts while posting a 1.77 GAA, .950 SV% and one shutout. This afternoon he will face the Blues for the second time this season—in his first start against St. Louis he stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 4-1 loss.
Franson was expected to miss 2-3 weeks, but has only missed four games over the last week and is expected to play either Saturday vs. the Blues or Sunday vs. the Blackhawks. The Sabres play tomorrow afternoon, so expect an update around 11a.m. ET.
Kane (illness) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.
Kane missed Tuesday's game with an illness, but is expected to be back in the lineup tonight after skating with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart in the morning skate. Kane has been on fire recently, recording nine goals and five assists (13 points) in his last 17 games.
Lehner allowed two goals on 41 shots in the Sabres’ win in Ottawa on Tuesday. Lehner will make his fifth consecutive start after going 2-2-0 with a 2.78 GAA and .931 SV% in the previous four. He is a must-start tonight vs. the NHL’s worst team in Buffalo—he has gone 6-9-3 with a 2.38 GAA and .928 SV% in 18 starts on home-ice.