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Rookies Fasching, Nelson to make NHL debut for Sabres

Winnipeg defenseman Trouba will be game-time decision

by Patrick Williams / Correspondent

JETS (31-37-6) at SABRES (30-34-10)


Season series: Sam Reinhart's first NHL hat trick helped the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 at MTS Centre on Jan. 10. Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark made 42 saves.

Jets team scope: Defenseman Jacob Trouba will be a game-time decision, coach Paul Maurice told the Jets website. Trouba was hit by a shot in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. "He felt a little better [Friday] than [Thursday]," Maurice said. Defenseman Brenden Kichton was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis in case Trouba is not able to play. If Kichton does play, it would be his NHL debut; he has nine goals and 25 assists with Manitoba. Maurice has not confirmed a starting goaltender. Defenseman Julian Melchiori and forward Nic Petan also remain on recall. It's the first game in Buffalo for forwards Drew Stafford and Joel Armia since they were traded to the Jets by the Sabres on Feb. 12, 2015. Defenseman Tyler Myers, who was also part of the package the Jets received from Buffalo, had knee surgery Thursday and is out for the season.

Sabres team scope: Right wing Hudson Fasching and defenseman Casey Nelson each will make his NHL debut, according to the Sabres website. Fasching, 20, had 20 goals in 37 games at the University of Minnesota. He will play on a line with left wing Matt Moulson and center David Legwand, but "it's possible that he will get some shifts in other spots," coach Dan Bylsma said. Nelson, 23, signed as a free agent from Minnesota State, where he played three seasons. He will skate with Mark Pysyk. "I think he's comfortable there, capable there," Bylsma said of Pysyk, a right-handed shot, playing on the left side. Goaltender Chad Johnson will start. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Cal O'Reilly will be healthy scratches.


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