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Pilut, Thompson to join lineup in New Jersey

Mittelstadt gets a breather; Bogosian remains day-to-day

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NEWARK, N.J. - Tage Thompson and Lawrence Pilut will join the lineup when the Sabres visit the New Jersey Devils tonight at Prudential Center.

Thompson will step in at forward for Casey Mittelstadt, who will be a healthy scratch. Pilut will play for Zach Bogosian, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

Sabres coach Phil Housley said that sitting for a game could benefit Mittelstadt, who has played in 70 contests as a rookie this season. He only played 47 games last season between his freshman campaign at the University of Minnesota, World Juniors and a brief stint with the Sabres. 

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Sharpen Up: March 25, 2019

Here's what you need to know before tonight's game in New Jersey

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo is on the road tonight to take on the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. It's a 7 p.m. faceoff on MSG and WGR 550, and make sure you don't miss the GMC Game Night pregame show, which kicks off at 6:30 on MSG. 

Stay tuned to Sabres.com for lineup news and notes from coach Phil Housley throughout the day.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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Pilut joins Sabres in New Jersey, adding insurance on back end

Rookie defenseman has played 25 games for Buffalo this season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NEWARK, N.J. -  With Matt Hunwick nursing an upper-body injury and Zach Bogosian taking a maintenance day off from practice, the Sabres recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from Rochester on Sunday afternoon. 

Phil Housley said he expects Bogosian to be ready to play against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, but the addition of Pilut gives the Sabres insurance on the back end with another game awaiting them in Ottawa on Tuesday. 

Even if Bogosian does play, Pilut's presence give the Sabres the option to restore left-right balance on defense. The Sabres have been playing with four right shots, using Bogosian on his off side on a pair with Rasmus Ristolainen. 

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Sabres recall Pilut

Defenseman has appeared in 25 NHL games this season

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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Costly mistakes mount in loss to Canadiens

Nylander extends point streak; Reinhart tallies 200th point

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

MONTREAL - Facing a raucous road atmosphere and an opponent fighting for a spot in the playoffs, the Sabres emphasized the importance of starting strong against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night. They led 1-0 after the first period on the strength of a Sam Reinhart goal. 

In the second period, they got away from what made them successful. Costly mistakes mounted into a 7-4 loss, officially eliminating the team from playoff contention. 

"I thought we had a good first period," captain Jack Eichel said. "Second period, I thought maybe we got a little bit away from our game and I thought they were able to extend shifts in our end and we probably turned over too many pucks and that led to some of their goals. 

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Pominville set to return in Montreal

Hutton to start in net; Nylander gets top-line opportunity

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

MONTREAL - Jason Pominville has maintained a positive attitude while sitting as a healthy scratch for the past two games, earning praise from coach Phil Housley in the process. 

That said, the veteran forward admitted to smiling when he saw his name in the lineup for the Sabres' game tonight in his hometown Montreal. 

"A lot of family and friends will be here so it's always a fun place to play in," Pominville said. "As far as not playing, I don't really see it as punishment. At this point of the year, I've been in the league long enough to understand the situation we're in and know that we've got a lot of young guys they want to see play. I get that part. 

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Sharpen Up: March 23, 2019

Here's what you need to know before tonight's game in Montreal

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres are in Montreal tonight to kick off a three-game road trip. TV coverage of tonight's game will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the GMC Game Night pregame show on MSG. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 on MSG and WGR 550.

Buffalo will then head to New Jersey for a game on Monday and then to Ottawa to face the Senators on Tuesday. Their next game at KeyBank Center will be on March 28 against Detroit.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Nylander set to skate alongside Eichel, Sheary in Montreal

Bogosian returns to practice; Hunwick remains day-to-day

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When the Sabres arrive at Bell Centre for their game on Saturday night, they'll be met by a Montreal Canadiens team that is fighting to keep its grip on the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. 

It took two periods for the Sabres to adjust to the speed and intensity of their opponent in a similar situation on Wednesday, when they met a desperate Toronto Maple Leafs team that was motivated by a string of four losses in five games. The result was a 4-2 loss in a game in which Carter Hutton made 42 saves. 

"They came out with a strong start," Conor Sheary said. "We expected it, I just don't think we were ready. I think coming into tomorrow night, we should have a good start and hopefully come out with a win."

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While Selection Sunday nears in NCAA, other prospects begin playoff runs

Sabres.com's weekly Prospects Update

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Casey Fitzgerald (third round, 2016) and Christopher Brown (sixth round, 2014) kept their collegiate careers alive - along with their chances to appear at the Frozen Four in Buffalo - with Boston College's quarterfinal series win over Jacob Bryson (fourth round, 2017) and Providence College last weekend. 

Providence took Game 1, 5-4. BC stayed alive with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 and took the decisive third game, 2-1. Fitzgerald earned the primary assist on both Eagles goals in Game 3. Catch the highlights of that game in the video below:

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Sharpen Up: March 22, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Friday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres will take part in the NHL Global Series next season, taking on the Lightning in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 8 and 9. 

There are still nine games left in the regular season, so they'll turn the attention to the Montreal Canadiens for their match tomorrow night. That game kicks off a three-game road trip that continues in New Jersey on Monday and in Ottawa on Tuesday.

We'll have full coverage of today's practice and the road trip right here on Sabres.com.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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