Knapp stopped six of seven shots after replacing Matt Hackett in yesterday's loss to the Bruins. Today he will make his first NHL starts against the Islanders. Knapp starts the season in the ECHL, but has made the quick leap to the NHL with the ridiculous amount of goalie injuries in Buffalo this season.
Hackett left the game Saturday against the Boston Bruins on a stretcher after a third-period collision with Torey Krug in the crease.
Hackett, 24, was scheduled to travel back to Buffalo with the team. "It doesn’t look good right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "We're going to wrap him up as best as we can and get him back home, get our doctors to look at him, but it doesn't look too good right now."After a delay of about seven minutes, Hackett was replaced by Connor Knapp, who made his NHL debut.
Hackett stopped 28 of 30 shots in a loss to the Rangers on Thursday. He has gone 1-5-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .912 SV% since being recalled, which really is not that bad when you look at this Sabres' roster. Unless the Bruins rest everyone and recall the Providence Bruins to play today, don't start Hackett.
The Sabres have recalled Connor Knapp from Rochester (AHL).
Knapp, 23, who started the season in the ECHL was a combined 11-12-5 with theta Greenville Road Warriors, Florida Everblades and Alaska Aces. Since being promoted to the AHL, Knapp has gone 0-2-0 with a 4.03 GAA and .873 SV%.
Hackett will start the remaining three games for the Sabres.
Hackett allowed three goals on 36 shots in a loss to the Red Wings on Tuesday. It was his fifth straight loss and he now holds a 3.20 GAA .909 SV% in his first six starts with the Sabres. He will start the rest of the way for Buffalo, but is not a good fantasy option.
The Sabres have reassigned Nicolas Deslauriers to Rochester (AHL).
Deslauriers averaged 13:10 TOI and scored one goal with a minus-9 rating in 16 games with the Sabres. He heads back to the AHL where he had 39 points (18G / 21A) in 60 games with Manchester. He has not suited up for the Rochester Americans after being acquired at the deadline from L.A.
The Sabres have reassigned Luke Adam to Rochester (AHL).
Adam played around 13 minutes in two games during his call-up. He recorded two shots and an EVEN plus/minus rating. He will return to the AHL because Marcus Foligno is set to return to the Sabres' lineup.
The Sabres have recalled Mark Pysyk from Rochester (AHL).
Pysyk, 22, has registered six points (1G / 5A) in 42 games with the Sabres this season. While in the AHL, Pysyk has picked up 12 points (1G / 11A) in 27 games. He will play tonight if Christian Ehrhoff (ear) is unable to suit up.
Stewart (ankle) should be able to play on Tuesday.
Stewart has missed the last 16 games, but should return tonight vs. Detroit. Originally he was expected to miss the rest of the regular season, but it looks like he will be available to suit up for the final few contests.
Ehrhoff (ear) will be a game-time decision Tuesday.
Ehrhoff took a puck to the ear on Sunday which required 40 stitches following the game. It was a pretty gruesome gash that Ehrhoff elected to share on Twitter, but depending on how well it has healed, he could be held out of tonight's game vs. the Red Wings. Mark Pysyk has been recalled and will play if Ehrhoff can't go.
The Sabres have recalled Andrey Makarov from Rochester (AHL).
Makarov will serve as Matt Hackett's backup tonight vs. the Red Wings. Makarov spent most of this year with the Fort Wayne Comets of the ECHL, but with all the injuries to Sabres' goaltenders, he has made it through the system quickly. He is 3-3-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .912 SV% in six games with Rochester.