** UPDATE (4 p.m.): Chad Ruhwedel has been officially recalled from Rochester. **
The Buffalo Sabres will be shorthanded on the blue line Monday night when the Washington Capitals come to town.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after the team’s morning skate at First Niagara Center that Zach Bogosian (lower body) and Andrej Meszaros (hand) will miss the game. Neither players took part in the skate.
Bogosian did not play Saturday night either and since his condition did not improve with a day off on Sunday, he’s been ruled out for Monday.
Meszaros gloved down a puck in the first period of the team’s game on March 7 and was forced out of that game due to injury. He was able to play in the next two games, but Nolan said he sustained a setback Monday morning and will also not play against Washington.
Both will be further evaluated by team doctors and Nolan said there’s a chance they could each miss a few games.
The team will have to make a call-up from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and Nolan said Chad Ruhwedel will likely play in his first NHL game this season.
“One thing about Ruhdy is, he can skate. He can get by quick and make that first pass,” Nolan said. “Sometimes when you get here last time like he did, he wanted to try to do too much. If he just does the basics, get by quick, move the puck quick and jump when he can, he’ll be effective for us.”
With the Amerks this season, Ruhwedel has eight goals and 31 points in 59 games. He played 21 games for the Sabres last season, averaging 17:52 of ice time per game.
A roster move has yet to be made official.
Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center. The game can be seen on NBCSN and Sportsnet 1 and can be heard live on WGR 550.
Anders Linback will start in goal for Buffalo. Washington is coming off a 2-0 win over Boston on Sunday in which Braden Holtby made 32 saves to earn the shutout.
Buffalo will look to build on some of the positives from their 2-0 loss to the League-leading New York Rangers on Saturday. One thing they’ll look to keep working on is forcing the opposition to the outside and trying to limit the scoring chances of not only top scorers Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, but from their other lines as well.
“The Rangers had a lot of depth too and I thought we – I don’t want to say matched – but we matched their speed,” Zac Dalpe said. “So if we can keep our speed going, that kind of erases the whole mismatches as far as depth’s concerned.”
The last time the Sabres and Capitals met, back on March 7 at Verizon Center, Buffalo got out to quick lead. However, Washington stormed back to pick up a 6-1 victory.
“We have to work harder. They are a tough team to play against,” defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who will play in his 100th career game, said. “They are a team that’s going to make it to the playoffs so we just have to work for the whole 60 minutes.”
26 Matt Moulson – 22 Johan Larsson – 63 Tyler Ennis
82 Marcus Foligno – 84 Philip Varone – 12 Brian Gionta
44 Nicolas Deslauriers – 59 Tim Schaller – 19 Cody Hodgson
49 Jerry D’Amigo – 37 Matt Ellis – 20 Zac Dalpe
6 Mike Weber – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
61 Andre Benoit – 24 Tyson Strachan
51 Nikita Zadorov – 5 Chad Ruhwedel
35 Anders Lindback
31 Matt Hackett