Schneider, 25, was an undrafted free agent that was acquired in an AHL trade with Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline. The 6-foot-1 right winger has registered 12 points (3G / 9A) in 15 games with Rochester since the trade and has 20 goals and 34 assists (54 points) in 69 AHL games between Rochester and Binghamton.
O’Reilly suited up in the last four games, but will come out of the lineup after playing under 10 minutes in his last two games. O’Reilly picked up two goals and an assist in the last four games, but will come out for Evan Rodrigues tonight.
Fasching has appeared in six consecutive straight games, but will be a healthy scratch vs. the Blue Jackets this evening. He has collected one goal on nine shots on goal to start his NHL career. He will be replaced by Cole Schneider, who will be making his NHL debut.
Colaiacovo (healthy scratch) will be back in the Sabres lineup on Friday.
Colaiacovo has been a healthy scratch in the last six games, but will get back into the lineup on Friday. Casey Nelson will take a seat in the press box with Colaiacovo back in the lineup. He has one goal and four assists in 34 games this season.
Kasdorf will make his first career start on Friday.
Kasdorf, 23, is with the Sabres after finishing up his season with R.P.I. (NCAA). The former sixth round pick of the Winnipeg Jets was 12-12-5 with a 2.30 GAA and .931 SV% in 30 games with R.P.I. and will make his NHL debut tonight vs. the Blue Jackets. Columbus comes in having lost five of their last seven games.
Johnson surrendered three goals on 36 shots in the Sabres win in New York on Saturday. Johnson has won four of his last six starts, while posting a 2.32 GAA and .923 SV%. Tonight he will make his 23rd road start of the season—he has gone 10-11-1 with a 2.73 GAA and .915 SV% in the first 22.
The Sabres have recalled Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL).
Bailey, 20, has had a strong season at the AHL level, picking up 43 points (19G / 24A) in 64 games with Rochester. He has appeared in eight NHL games, but has not recorded a point. There is no word whether or not he will be in the lineup on Tuesday.
Kane will miss the rest of the season with an upper-body injury.
Kane will miss the next 3-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, so his first season with the Sabres is over. Kane has 20 goals and 15 assists (35 points) in 65 games. With Kane out, Hudson Fasching is expected to play a bigger role with the Sabres.
Johnson will start Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Johnson surrendered four goals on 46 shots in the Sabres shootout loss in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Johnson has lost three of his last five games, but has gone 5-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .922 SV% in March. One of those losses came in Toronto on March 19th—he allowed four goals on 31 shots, but has gone 2-1-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .909 SV% in three starts against Toronto.