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Ullmark to return against Capitals

Goalie will make 1st start since Jan. 28

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Linus Ullmark will be back in goal for the Buffalo Sabres when they host the Washington Capitals tonight at KeyBank Center. 

It will be Ullmark's first appearance since he sustained a lower-body injury on Jan. 28. The goaltender has been practicing with the team since last Monday and dressed as Carter Hutton's backup in Philadelphia on Saturday. 

Jimmy Vesey will be back in the lineup in place of Michael Frolik, who will be a healthy scratch at forward. The rest of the lineup will remain the same from Saturday's game. 

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Sabres 'hungry' for tonight's road match against surging Flyers

Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on MSG

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

PHILADELPHIA - The Buffalo Sabres know they have a tough task at hand tonight when they take on the red-hot Philadelphia Flyers on the road.

The Flyers have won eight games in a row and are currently one point behind the Washington Capitals for the top seed in the Metropolitan Division with 87 points and a game in hand. Washington defeated Pittsburgh this afternoon. 

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Kahun, Simmonds set to make home debuts against Pittsburgh

Game day notes ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Penguins

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Dominik Kahun was in Los Angeles when he was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 24. He met the team in Denver the following day, the first stop on a four-game trip that then took him to Las Vegas, Arizona, and Winnipeg. 

Kahun didn't actually step foot in Buffalo until the Sabres returned home from Winnipeg early Wednesday morning, more than a week into his tenure with the team. He will make his home debut along with fellow deadline acquisition Wayne Simmonds tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

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Pilut to join lineup against Jets

Game day updates from Winnipeg

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

WINNIPEG - Lawrence Pilut will be in the lineup when the Buffalo Sabres conclude their four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at Bell MTS Place. 

Pilut will step in for Colin Miller, who will be scratched on defense. Carter Hutton - owner of a .973 save percentage in his last five appearances against Winnipeg - will start in net. 

Pilut last played for Buffalo during a 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Feb. 9. He was assigned to Rochester five days later and appeared in six games with the Amerks before rejoining the Sabres on Feb. 27. 

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Johansson to make 1st road start in Arizona

Goalie has .910 save percentage in 4 appearances

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jonas Johansson will make his road debut for the Buffalo Sabres against the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Gila River Arena. 

Johansson is coming off his first NHL victory in his last start, a 2-1 win over Winnipeg in which he made 25 saves. The rookie has posted a .910 save percentage in four appearances, all of which have come at KeyBank Center.

"He's coming off a really, really strong game against Winnipeg and we're excited to see him in action here today," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "He just keeps adding value to the group the way he's working and the way he's studying the National Hockey League. He's excited every day and the team's ready to play hard for him today."

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Sabres continue Western Conference road trip in Las Vegas

Kahun to make team debut; Hutton will start in net

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

LAS VEGAS - Colin Miller was a member of the inaugural Vegas Golden Knights team that made an unforgettable run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018. He's played in the playoffs each of the past three seasons, once with Boston and twice with Vegas. 

All this is to say, Miller knows what playoff intensity feels like. He felt it during the Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. 

"Yeah, it was high energy," Miller said. "I think these are all playoff games for us here now so, try to bring that energy again."

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Simmonds to make Sabres debut in Colorado

News and notes ahead of Wednesday's tilt in Denver

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

DENVER - Kyle Okposo has gotten to know Wayne Simmonds a bit from summers spent training in Toronto. He knows him even better as an opponent, having spent the majority of their careers in the same division since entering the league in 2008. 

Okposo flashed a grin when asked to describe what it's like to line up against his new teammate. 

"It's not fun," Okposo said. "You always know when he's on the ice. He's a competitor and plays an honest game but at the same time you know when he's on the ice. So, yeah, looking forward to having him on our side."

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Krueger: Sabres need 'very best defensive game to show up' vs. Penguins

Hutton to start afternoon road game in Pittsburgh

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

PITTSBURGH - The Buffalo Sabres are ready for their afternoon tilt on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Following a pair of practices at home, the Sabres enter their game at PPG Paints Arena with a focus on a strong defensive game. 

Carter Hutton will start in goal and the team will warm up with 13 forwards and six defensemen, with the lineup set to be finalized after that. The Sabres are looking to bounce back from a 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. 

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Sabres visit Senators looking for 4th straight victory

Pregame updates from Ottawa

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

OTTAWA - Carter Hutton is ready to play and will make his fourth straight start for the Buffalo Sabres tonight against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. 

It was against this same Senators team that Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark sustained a lower-body injury on Jan. 28, putting Hutton back in the starting role. At that point, a confluence of factors had resulted in Hutton only making three starts since the beginning of December. 

Despite having to miss one game because of a family circumstance and multiple practices due to maintenance days, Hutton has taken his opportunity and run with it. He's won his last four starts, posting a .926 save percentage in that span. 

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Hutton will be a game-time decision against Maple Leafs

News and notes for Sunday's home game against Toronto

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton will be a game-time decision for the Buffalo Sabres against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at KeyBank Center. 

Hutton took a maintenance day while the team practiced on Saturday. He was on the ice testing his injury while Sabres coach Ralph Krueger met with the media this morning. 

If Hutton cannot play, Krueger said the team will turn to rookie Jonas Johansson in net. Andrew Hammond is also on the NHL roster after being recalled from Rochester on Saturday. 

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