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Hutton can equal Buffalo mark with third straight shutout; San Jose seeks fourth win in five games

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (3-5-0) at SABRES (7-1-1)

7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, NBCSCA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Carter Hutton can become the second goalie in Buffalo Sabres history to have three straight shutouts when they host the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Hutton, 5-0-0 with a 1.39 goals-against average and .953 save percentage this season, can equal the three consecutive shutouts by Martin Biron from Jan. 18-24, 2003. 

Hutton has not allowed a goal in 128:36, which is 2:15 shy of tying his NHL career longest streak of 130:51, set from Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017. 

A win would also make him the third Buffalo goalie to win his first six starts in a season, after Biron (6-0-0) and Ryan Miller (8-0-0) each did so in 2006-07.

The Sharks, who open a five-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, can win for the fourth time in five games (3-1-0) after opening the season 0-4-0.

 

Players to watch

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has scored a goal in three straight games and has six points (also three assists) in a three-game point streak.

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past two games.

 

They said it

"If you're going to win on the road -- and this is a big road trip for us --we're going to have to stay out of the [penalty] box and we're going to have to get contributions from everybody. You can't beat yourself. All those things are important on the road." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

"They're going to bring their best game and they're way better than they are in the standings right now. There's not even a question that that team is going to drift back up and has amazing personnel. I think it's a good back-to-back kind of test." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger on facing San Jose

 

Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Patrick Marleau

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Noah Gregor

Barclay Goodrow -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Lukas Radil, Jonny Brodzinski, Trevor Carrick

Injured: Jacob Middleton (left shoulder), Dalton Prout (upper body), Radim Simek (knee)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka

Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: John Gilmour, Evan Rodrigues

Injured: Brandon Montour (hand), Zach Bogosian (hip)

 

Status report

Montour is "progressing positively" but isn't expected to join the team for practice this week, Krueger said. … The Sharks recalled Brodzinski, a center, and Carrick, a defenseman, from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Monday, but neither is expected to play.

 

Stat pack

The Sharks have not allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive games (14-for-14). … Okposo has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 15 games against San Jose. … Ristolainen needs three points for 200 in the NHL.

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