Johnson stopped 27 of 28 shots in the Sabres win over the Hurricanes last night. Johnson has stopped 39 of the last 40 shots (.975 SV%) that he has faced. Despite Linus Ullmark taking over as the Sabres’ No. 1 briefly, Johnson’s recent string of strong play earns him starts on back-to-back nights.
Johnson will be in goal Friday vs. the Hurricanes.
Johnson stopped all 12 shots that he faced after replacing Linus Ullmark in Wednesday’s loss to Nashville. Johnson has fallen behind Ullmark on the depth chart but he will start tonight vs. the Hurricanes. Johnson has gone 4-7-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .904 SV% this season.
Lehner is more than six weeks into a 6-10 week timetable. Many reports suggest that Lehner suffered a setback, but head coach Dan Bylsma disagreed. “I don’t think I would call it a setback," Bylsma said. "He got to the point where he started upping his rehab level and that’s where he had to back off of that a bit.” Lehner is reportedly still wearing a walking boot and will need more time before he returns to the crease.
Ullmark gets the call in goal on Wednesday vs. Nashville.
Ullmark allowed two goals on 26 shots in the Sabres 2-1 loss to the Blues on Monday. Ullmark has given up just two goals per game in his last five starts, but has lost three straight in the process. Ullmark has solidified the Sabres’ crease, but the offence needs to start clicking. He comes into play tonight with a 2.28 GAA and .925 SV% in nine games this season.
Kane (lower-body) listed as day-to-day after missing Tuesday's practice.
Kane missed Tuesday’s practice and the Sabres have listed him as day-to-day. Kane has played just three games since returning from a knee injury and at this time there is no word whether or not he re-aggravated that injury. He is in danger of missing Wednesday’s game, but monitor his status during the morning skate.
Ullmark gave up two goals on 29 shots in the Sabres loss in St. Louis last Thursday. Ullmark has allowed two goals in each of his last four starts and carries a 2.31 GAA and .926 SV% in eight games this season. He is the Sabres’ clear No. 1 at this point, but will be in tough again tonight with the Blues in town. St. Louis is banged up, but they still represent a formidable opponent.