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NEUVIRTH TO MAKE SEASON DEBUT IN NET AGAINST ANAHEIM

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

Michal Neuvirth will make his season debut in goal as he’ll start for the Buffalo Sabres against the Anaheim Ducks. Faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

The Tops Gamenight Pregame Show begins at 2:30 p.m. on MSG-B and Bell TV.

Jhonas Enroth opened the season as the starting goaltender and will get a day of rest after stopping 78 of 87 shots through two games.

It’ll be Neuvirth’s first regular-season game since March 13 when he made 51 saves. It marked the first time a Sabres goaltender had made at least 50 saves in a game when Dominik Hasek stopped 55 shots on March 1, 1996.

The Sabres will travel to Carolina after the game for a match against the Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Sometimes even when the goaltender’s playing hot, it depends on how many games he goes,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We have to make sure we manage the rest time and make sure our goaltenders are rested as much as we [can].”

FOLIGNO UNLIKELY TO PLAY
Marcus Foligno’s availability is doubtful for Monday. Nolan said he “got banged up” against Chicago on Saturday but hopes the wing will be ready to play Tuesday night.

Nolan plans on inserting Brian Flynn into the lineup for the first time this season and will then shuffle up some of the lines.

DEFENSIVE CHANGEUP
The pairing of Andre Benoit and Andrej Meszaros are a combined minus-8 through two games. Nolan said after the loss in Chicago on Saturday that he may switch up which defensemen dress, but both Benoit and Mezaros will get another chance against Anaheim albeit with new defensive partners. They each signed one-year contracts with the team in July.

“They struggled but they’re both experienced guys and to say after one, two games, you switch and all that,” Nolan said. “You have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they have to rebound and respond. We’re going to give everybody and opportunity to do that. Those aren’t the only two that have to play better.”

MONDAY’S PROJECTED LINEUP
26 Matt Moulson – 63 Tyler Ennis – 21 Drew Stafford
19 Cody Hodgson – 28 Zemgus Girgensons – 80 Chris Stewart
17 Torrey Mitchell – 23 Sam Reinhart – 12 Brian Gionta
44 Nicolas Deslauriers – 8 Cody McCormick – 65 Brian Flynn

4 Josh Gorges – 57 Tyler Myers
61 Andre Benoit – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
6 Mike Weber – 41 Andrej Meszaros

34 Michal Neuvirth
1 Jhonas Enroth

Healthy Scratches: 24 Tyson Strachan, 51 Nikita Zadorov
Injured: 82 Marcus Foligno
Injured Reserve: 3 Mark Pysyk, 29 Jake McCabe, 31 Matt Hackett, 36 Patrick Kaleta

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