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Hutton gets the nod in net as Sabres conclude homestand vs. Stars

Rest of the lineup will remain the same from Friday's win over Florida

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton will start in net as the Sabres conclude their three-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Monday. 

Hutton has won all three of his starts this season, stopping 69 of 76 shots. The rest of the Buffalo lineup will remain the same from the team's shootout win over Florida on Friday. 

The Sabres recalled forward Curtis Lazar from Rochester on Sunday to bring on their upcoming three-game road trip through California, which begins in Anaheim on Wednesday. 

Lazar will be a healthy scratch against the Stars, though coach Ralph Krueger cited his versatility as a tool for the team moving forward.

"Looking at the games ahead and the oppositions ahead, his ability to play up the middle and on the wing, add to the power play, right-handed shot and also be a PK guy - he's been very versatile through training camp and we're expecting all those options to be there for us," Krueger said. 

"Above that, he adds physicality, he adds strength definitely to our roster if he comes in."

The Sabres, at 4-0-1, are off to their best five-game start since their division-winning season in 2009-10. You need to go back another year for their last start with points in six straight games, when the team went 6-0-2 to begin the 2008-09 campaign. 

Pregame coverage on MSG begins at 2:30 p.m., or you can listen live on WGR 550. The puck drops at 3. 


Scouting the Stars

Video: PREGAME: Krueger

Dallas represents yet another team coming to KeyBank Center looking for a course correction after a troubling start. The Stars are 1-4-1 coming off a loss to Washington on Saturday. They rank 28th in goals per game (2.17) and 27th on the power play (1-for-27). 

"We're expecting, if you look at their record, they're a much, much better team than their record and we're expecting them to come out fighting hard to try to forecheck us aggressively with two guys," Krueger said. The puck movement, puck management will be important today. 

"We want to move the puck quick; we want to be supporting each other to maintain possession and get down to their end. It will be a physical game, but we're not afraid of that. We can be physical too, and we're expecting to today."

The Sabres, meanwhile, are looking to snap a five-game winless streak against the Stars. Goalie Ben Bishop - a Vezina Trophy finalist last spring - has won 12 straight contests against the Sabres, including a pair of shutouts last season. 

"He's outstanding with the puck to top it off, too," Krueger said. "There's no question that goalies that size on initial shots, if they can see them, it's difficult to get through. You need to create chaos, you need to create second chances, and for that you need to sacrifice ahead of time. For sure, that net presence with a battle in mind needs to be there tonight."


Projected lineup*

68 Victor Olofsson - 9 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart
28 Zemgus Girgensons - 22 Johan Larsson - 21 Kyle Okposo
13 Jimmy Vesey - 37 Casey Mittelstadt - 71 Evan Rodrigues
53 Jeff Skinner - 90 Marcus Johansson - 17 Vladimir Sobotka

19 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
26 Rasmus Dahlin - 33 Colin Miller
6 Marco Scandella - 10 Henri Jokiharju

40 Carter Hutton
35 Linus Ullmark

*Based on Sunday's practice and subject to change

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