Lehner allowed two goals on 33 shots in the Sabres’ loss to the Bruins on Saturday. Lehner has played very well this season, posting a 2.38 GAA and .922 SV% in 17 starts, but that has only translated into five wins. Tonight he starts in Washington—he is 4-4-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .921 SV% on the road so far.
The Sabres have recalled Erik Bugdoerfer from Rochester (AHL).
Bugdoerfer, 27, has picked up seven assists in 22 games with Rochester this season and earned his first NHL call-up. The Sabres’ blueline got banged up over the weekend with Josh Gorges expected to miss some time and Taylor Fedun questionable for Monday’s game.
The Sabres have recalled Brendan Guhle from Prince George (WHL).
Guhle, 19, was a second round pick in 2015 and tonight he will make his NHL debut on Saturday. Guhle has registered five goals and two assists in 19 WHL games with Prince Albert and Prince George this season. Guhle will make his NHL debut on a pairing with Cody Franson.
Lehner allowed one goal on six shots before leaving Tuesday’s game with a hip injury. Lehner got Thursday night off, but will be back in goal tonight vs. the Bruins. Lehner is just 1-3-2 with a 2.29 GAA and .920 SV% on home-ice this season and he allowed four goals on 42 shots in a losing effort in his first start vs. Boston.
Nilsson gave up three goals on 29 shots after replacing Robin Lehner in the Sabres’ win over the Senators on Tuesday. Nilsson has played very well in his first season in Buffalo, posting a 2.20 GAA and .939 SV% in seven appearances. With Lehner still battling a hip injury, Nilsson will face the NHL’s highest scoring team tonight.
Lehner left Tuesday’s game with a hip injury; listed as day-to-day.
Lehner left Tuesday’s game with a hip injury after allowing one goal on six shots. Sabres’ head coach Dan Bylsma said that Lehner is day-to-day and they don’t know if they will need to recall a goalie prior to Thursday’s game vs. the Rangers.
Eichel (ankle) will return to the Sabres lineup on Tuesday.
After missing the first 21 games of the season with an ankle injury, Eichel will play tonight vs. the Senators. Eichel had a strong rookie season, having picked up 24 goals and 32 assists (56 points) in 81 games and he will start his 2016-17 season on a line with Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart.
Lehner gave up one goal on 24 shots in a losing effort vs. the Red Wings last Wednesday. Anders Nilsson started on Friday, but they’ll come back to Lehner vs. his former team in Ottawa. He has already faced the Senators twice this season, going 1-0-1 with a great 0.96 GAA and .968 SV%. Lehner has also gone 4-4-1 with a2.44 GAA and .923 SV% on the road this season.
Eichel (ankle) was a full participant in Monday’s practice; could make his NHL debut on Tuesday.
Eichel has not played in a game this season because of a preseason ankle injury, but he skated on the second line and on the top power-play at Monday’s practice. Head coach Dan Bylsma said it is possible for Eichel to make his debut tomorrow, so monitor his status during the morning skate.
Nilsson stopped 46 of 47 shots in the Sabres’ win over the Penguins last Saturday. It was a superb outing for Nilsson, who draws another tough assignment today in Washington. Nilsson is facing an average of 37 shots per game and carries a .951 SV% into tonight.
Eichel (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday; expected to miss 3-5 more games.
Eichel had been skating on his own prior to Wednesday, but he joined the Sabres for his first practice session since getting injured a few days before the season started. Eichel won’t play tonight, but is only expected to miss 3-5 more games before making his season debut. This is massive news for the Sabres, who currently sit last in the NHL in goal scoring.
O'Reilly (oblique) will return to the Sabres' lineup on Wednesday.
O’Reilly missed the last five games with an oblique injury, but will return tonight vs. the Red Wings. O’Reilly will centre the Sabres top line and power-play unit and comes in as the Sabres point-per-game leader with nine points (4G / 5A) in 13 games.
Lehner allowed two goals on 31 shots in the Sabres’ win over the Flames on Monday. The win snapped a personal five-game losing streak for Lehner, who will face the Red Wings tonight. Lehner has gone 1-3-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .914 SV% in his first five starts on home-ice in 2016-17.