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Hutton to return in net against Coyotes

Goalie will make first appearance for Sabres since Dec. 3

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton will be back in net for the Buffalo Sabres when they host the Arizona Coyotes at KeyBank Center on Thursday night.

Hutton last played in Nashville on Dec. 3. He dressed as Linus Ullmark's backup the next night against Toronto, did not dress due to an upper-body injury against Philadelphia on Saturday and then backed up again in Buffalo's win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The goaltender said he doesn't expect to feel any rust coming off the nine-day break. 

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Ullmark to start in net as Sabres seek rebound effort vs. Kings

Hutton to dress as backup; Girgensons steps in for Berglund

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton has progressed enough in his recovery from an upper-body injury to dress for the Buffalo Sabres, but he'll likely wait at least one more game before he's back in net. 

Hutton, who did not dress against Philadelphia on Saturday, will serve as Linus Ullmark's backup when the Sabres host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. The team assigned goaltender Scott Wedgewood to Rochester prior to an optional skate at KeyBank Center. 

It will be Ullmark's third straight start, coming off a 35-save outing against the Flyers. He allowed one goal on 20 shots in the Sabres' first meeting with the Kings, a 5-1 Buffalo win in Los Angeles on Oct. 20

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Ullmark gets the nod in net against Philadelphia

Tennyson to make season debut on defense

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

With the Sabres nursing injuries on their back end and in net, opportunities abound in their lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. 

Linus Ullmark will make back-to-back starts for the first time this season while Carter Hutton is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Ullmark is 5-0-3 in nine appearances with a .921 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average. He's coming off a 26-save effort against Toronto on Tuesday.

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Early-season success adds new wrinkle to rivalry with Leafs

Ullmark starts in net; Sheary expected to return

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Kyle Okposo has been around long enough to know the energy in the building when the Sabres welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to KeyBank Center. It's makes one wonder what it might be like tonight, with the two teams jostling for position in the standings.

Toronto ranks second in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Buffalo. That combined with the Sabres' recent success at home should make for an electric atmosphere, even more so than normal.

"My last two years here when we've played them, it's been a good atmosphere," Okposo said. "But the last three games that we've played at home have been louder than any game against Toronto that I've played in. I'm sure tonight's going to be a step up from that and we're looking forward to it."

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Sabres ready for another big test in Nashville

Hutton expected to start, Pilut paired with Ristolainen

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

NASHVILLE - The Buffalo Sabres are no strangers to big games lately. 

Each game of their 10-game winning streak last month seemed to gain steam in terms of intensity as it went on, especially when it ended with a first-place battle against Tampa Bay on Thursday. On Friday, they managed to earn a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers, who are now 2-1-1 in their last five games and four points out of a Wild Card berth. 

Tonight, they'll wrap up their three-game road trip when they go up against the Nashville Predators, who sit in first place in the Western Conference. The Predators are 10-5-0 at home this year and are coming off a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday, a game in which they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. 

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Pilut to make NHL debut tonight against Panthers

Defenseman in lineup for McCabe as Sabres look to begin new winning streak

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

SUNRISE, Florida - Lawrence Pilut has made a solid impression early on within the Buffalo Sabres organization. 

Coming over from Sweden as the Defenseman of the Year in the Swedish Hockey League, the 22-year-old blue liner has quickly put up points in his first AHL season. In 16 games, he has three goals and 22 points, which is tied for fifth in the league. 

Now, he'll have the chance to kick off his NHL career on the right foot when he makes his debut with Buffalo tonight. 

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Sabres can set franchise record for most consecutive wins tonight

Buffalo goes for 11 in a row when they take on Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. from Amalie Arena

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

TAMPA - It's been a wild ride for the Buffalo Sabres this month. A win tonight would give the Sabres 11 straight victories for the first time in franchise history. 

Since their 10-game winning streak began on Nov. 8, 18 different players have recorded points and 17 have scored. Jeff Skinner (10+1) and captain Jack Eichel (1+10) lead the way over that stretch.

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Sabres look to extend win streak to 10 vs. Sharks

Sheary scratched with upper-body injury; Thompson to skate with Mittelstadt

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

When the Buffalo Sabres met the San Jose Sharks back on Oct. 18, the results spurred change. The Sabres lost that game, 5-1, prompting new lines and defense pairs at practice the following day in Los Angeles. 

The Sabres have gone 13-2-2 since, including wins in their last nine contests. Phil Housley said he could see the roots of their current run in that loss to the Sharks even in spite of the outcome. 

"I mean, it was unfortunate," he said. "We took a penalty early and they scored two goals off it. You never want to start a game like that. But I think if you looked at the body of work, at the whole game, I thought our five-on-five game was really good. And that was the start of something better."

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Elie, Nelson return to lineup as Sabres look for 9th straight win

Girgensons, Beaulieu to be scratched in Detroit

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

DETROIT - Coming up on their sixth contest in nine nights, the Buffalo Sabres will feature tweaks to their lineup as they look to extend their winning streak to nine games against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night. 

Remi Elie will step in at forward in place of Zemgus Girgensons, marking his first appearance since Nov. 1. Casey Nelson will replace Nathan Beaulieu on defense. 

"We've got some guys banged up, but I thought it was a good opportunity to get Remi in," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He's been out for a while. He's ready to go and we can use his speed against a fast team."

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Scandella will be game-time decision vs. Canadiens

Sabres look to extend winning streak to 8 games

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Marco Scandella will be a game-time decision for the Buffalo Sabres when they look to extend their winning streak to eight against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. 

Scandella sustained a lower-body injury while blocking a shot in Pittsburgh on Monday, forcing him to miss the team's last game against Philadelphia. He took part in an optional skate on Thursday. 

Nathan Beaulieu replaced Scandella in the win over the Flyers, which figures to be the case again in the event Scandella is unable to go against the Canadiens. Rookie defenseman Lawrence Pilut, recalled for the first time on Wednesday, will not play.

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