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Hunwick returns to lineup with Bogosian nursing lower-body injury

Veteran defenseman will make first appearance since Jan. 29

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Zach Bogosian will not play against his former team when the Buffalo Sabres host the Winnipeg Jets at KeyBank Center on Sunday afternoon. Bogosian is day-to-day after sutaining a lower-body injury during the Sabres' 3-1 win over Detroit on Saturday, coach Phil Housley said. 

Matt Hunwick will step into the lineup in Bogosian's place, marking his first appearance since the team's win in Columbus on Jan. 29.

"He's done a really good job," Housley said. "He's a true pro. He approaches the game and practices the right way, he comes to work. He plays a good, solid game in Columbus and doesn't get back in the lineup. We felt comfortable with the six we had against Detroit, but he's going to get an opportunity today."

The Sabres enter the contest on a three-game point streak (2-0-1). The Jets, meanwhile, have lost three straight games for the first time this season, including a 5-2 loss in Ottawa on Saturday. They rank fifth in the NHL in goals per game (3.44) and boast the league's fourth-best goal differential (plus-32). 

The Sabres held the Jets to just one goal in their first meeting, a 2-1 shootout win on Nov. 16.

"I thought we did a really good job in Winnipeg when we played them," Housley said. "They're going to come after you. They have a very heavy forecheck. They're going to come after you as a five-man unit. Again, I say it all the time, we've just got to manage our game. 

"This is a quick-strike offense that attacks through the neutral zone and their transition game is very good. But I thought when we managed the game, we were able to sustain some offensive-zone pressure and we're going to have to do that today."

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Carter Hutton, who turned in a 25-save outing in that first meeting with the Jets, will get the nod in net for Buffalo. Connor Hellebuyck will start for Winnipeg.

It will be Hutton's first start since allowing four goals on 22 shots in two periods against Chicago on Feb. 1. He enters the game with a 5-4-1 record and a .936 save percentage in 11 career appearances against Winnipeg.

"I think he's been attacking it maybe too much, really trying to get out on his angle instead of letting the pucks hit him," Housley said. "When he's on his game, there's not a lot of rebounds, he squeezes up everything. 

"We've got to do a good job in front of him. He hasn't got a lot of run support when he's played, and he's given us some good games."

Coverage on MSG-B begins at 2:30 p.m. with the GMC Game Night pregame show, or you can listen live on WGR 550. The puck drops at 3. 

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