A new name will be on the Buffalo Sabres roster sheet Wednesday night, but he may or may not be on the ice.
The team has claimed forward Matt D’Agostini off of waivers. D’Agostini was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. He played in eight games this season, recording an assist and four penalty minutes. He joined the Penguins at the start of the season after signing a one-year contract in July.
A roster move will have to be made to make room for the 27-year-old forward. It is not yet known if D’Agostini will make it to Buffalo for the game against the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
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He scored 21 goals with St. Louis in 2010-11 and has notched 96 points (47+49) in 275 career NHL games with four teams.
D’Agostini will wear No. 27 with the Sabres.
John Scott may play for the Sabres. He was a healthy scratch on Sunday against Detroit. But even before the news about D’Agostini broke, Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said whether Scott would play or not would be a game-time decision. If D’Agostini is unable to play against the Canadiens, Scott will almost certainly be back in the lineup.
Nolan said that outside of Cody McCormick, who is on injured reserve, the team is healthy up top.
“It’s one of those things where we want to show some kind of consistency here and see what falls off after we do that,” Nolan said after the team’s optional morning skate. “To be fair, we have to make sure we keep the same lineup for a couple games in a row and then see.”
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McCormick skated with the Sabres for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury against Philadelphia on Thursday. Nolan hopes to have McCormick available by this weekend when the Sabres have back-to-back games against Toronto and New Jersey.
“I was amazed how well he did today so we’re hoping he gets back sooner,” Nolan said.
Nolan said Jhonas Enroth will play one of the games this weekend and that Ryan Miller will get the start against the Canadiens.
Montreal’s special teams on the road have been extremely effective this season. They have the League’s best power play on the road – they’ve converted 28.9 percent of their man-advantage opportunities –and have killed off 28 of 31 penalties (90.3 percent) away from home, second best in the NHL.
Sabres rookie forward Zemgus Girgensons has been a big contributor on the Buffalo penalty killing unit this season. When it comes to facing a team like Montreal, he says the focus has to be on what his team needs to do.
“I don’t think you have to look at where the other team is in the standings with their power play,” he said. “It’s more about us executing our P.K., what we do on it and I think it’s just focusing on our work.”