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Hutton looks to continue hot stretch vs. Sharks

Goaltender has posted shutouts in last 2 starts

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton will look to continue his dominant stretch in net when the Sabres host the San Jose Sharks tonight at KeyBank Center. 

Hutton enters the game having not allowed a goal in his last two starts. His 47 stops in Los Angeles on Thursday set a franchise record for saves in a regular season shutout. 

The Sabres turned to Linus Ullmark in the games following each of those shutouts, sticking to a plan designed to keep both goalies fresh in the long term. The team has a condensed schedule this season as the result of its trip to Sweden in November, when it will play just two games in an 11-day span. 

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Ullmark gets the nod as Sabres conclude road trip in San Jose

Contest opens home-and-home set with Sharks

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

SAN JOSE - With a condensed schedule resulting from their November trip to Sweden, the Sabres are playing the long game when it comes to energy management in the early part of the season. 

That goes for the way they manage their goalie tandem as well. Following a 47-save outing for Carter Hutton in Los Angeles on Thursday - a franchise record for saves in a regular-season shutout - the Sabres will turn back to Linus Ullmark to conclude their California road trip tonight in San Jose.  

"Linus and Hutts have been working really hard together as a team and I think we know how long the grind is," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "For us, it's excellent that Linus has come into this season with a lot of confidence. He's been solid in the games to date and we're just looking forward to it."

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Sheary to return to lineup in Los Angeles

Forward has missed 4 games with upper-body injury

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

LOS ANGELES - Conor Sheary will return to the lineup when the Sabres visit the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Staple Center. 

Sheary has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury. He tallied three points (2+1) in three contests on a line with Casey Mittelstadt and Jimmy Vesey, whom he'll skate with against the Kings.  

"Conor's like a sparkplug, just kind of darting in and out of situations, a hard-working guy, good skater, good skill set," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. 

"I think him coming into the lineup today will add some punch. He'll be working on our second power-play unit too, so we're looking forward to just seeing what he can bring."

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Sabres prepping for physical battle in Anaheim

Pregame notes ahead of Wednesday's meeting with the Ducks

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

ANAHEIM - Linus Ullmark will start in net when the Sabres open a three-game California road trip tonight in Anaheim. 

Ullmark is coming off a 41-save effort in his last outing, a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Friday. He's posted a .931 save percentage in two starts this season. 

The Sabres are back on the road after sweeping a three-game homestand, which concluded with a 4-0 win over Dallas on Monday. They had 10 different skaters record a point in that game and have had 17 players find the score sheet through their first five games.

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Hutton gets the nod in net as Sabres conclude homestand vs. Stars

Rest of the lineup will remain the same from Friday's win over Florida

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton will start in net as the Sabres conclude their three-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Monday. 

Hutton has won all three of his starts this season, stopping 69 of 76 shots. The rest of the Buffalo lineup will remain the same from the team's shootout win over Florida on Friday. 

The Sabres recalled forward Curtis Lazar from Rochester on Sunday to bring on their upcoming three-game road trip through California, which begins in Anaheim on Wednesday. 

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Larsson's line looks to continue strong play vs. Panthers

Trio with Girgensons, Okposo has played regularly in offensive zone

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Ralph Krueger noted during training camp that Zemgus Girgensons was playing with a high level of confidence. He lauded the forward for his trustworthy defensive play and his tone-setting tenacity on the forecheck. 

Girgensons has teamed with linemates Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo to keep up that strong impression through the first four games of the season. Krueger spoke highly of the trio on Thursday, citing the line as an example for others on the Sabres to follow. 

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Hutton to start as Sabres open homestand vs. Canadiens

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Following their victory at home against New Jersey on Saturday, members of the Sabres congregated in the dressing room and spoke about inspiring a similar atmosphere in KeyBank Center on a nightly basis. 

"I think that's something as a team and as a city we can pride ourselves on, is making this place hard to play against and a hard rink to come into," goalie Carter Hutton said. 

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Ullmark to make season debut in Columbus

Sabres expecting tightly contested meeting with 'hungry' Blue Jackets

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

COLUMBUS - Linus Ullmark has watched patiently as the Sabres battled their way to a 2-0 start. He'll have the chance to help them earn win No. 3. 

Ullmark will make his first start of the season in net when the Sabres visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena. Coach Ralph Krueger has maintained that the team feels confident in both of its goaltenders given their work during the preseason. 

"There's no question that he's worked hard also in his mind to understand what the National Hockey League needs for somebody with his size, how he can use that," Krueger said. 

"With [assistant coach] Mike Bales working with him, you can see that his positional play has really improved practice to practice. We're excited to see him in action tonight."

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Sabres aim to introduce new brand of hockey to hometown crowd

Hutton to start vs. Devils in home opener

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Ralph Krueger re-watched the Sabres' victory in Pittsburgh on Thursday and was pleased more than anything by the consistency his team showed for three periods. There were few deviations from the aggressive, connected game plan he and his staff instilled throughout the month of September. 

The next step is to establish that consistency from game to game. The Sabres will look to introduce their new brand of hockey to the hometown fans when they open their home schedule against the New Jersey Devils tonight at KeyBank Center. 

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Sabres set to kick off Golden Season in Pittsburgh

Krueger ready for 1st game behind the bench as head coach

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

PITTSBURGH - When Ralph Krueger was hired by the Buffalo Sabres in May as the 19th head coach in franchise history, he immediately began to lay out a plan for the organization and how he'd like to see the team play.

The fruits of that labor will begin to pay off when the Sabres open the 2019-20 season tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. 

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