Housley is ready for his first game

October 5, 2017

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Phil Housley is ready to lead his team out for opening night. This will be Housley’s first game as a head coach and he of course will have some butterflies, “I think I’ll be a little nervous until the game gets going.”

“I’m excited too. I think guys have worked tremendously hard through camp and I think the guys are in a good place, I think they’re going to be ready to play when the puck drops and when it does, everybody is going to be excited and we’ve just got to control those emotions.”

The Sabres will have blue and gold shirts for the fans to wear and it should be quite a sight. Seeing that took Housley back, “It’s a great sight, although I was in the Aud at the time, but just the excitement that’s come from our training camp and finally get to play the first meaningful game of the season against a division opponent, it’s very exciting for our guys.”

Nate Beaulieu is going to be playing his first game as a Buffalo Sabre. Before the Expansion Draft, Montreal traded the defenseman to Buffalo and he wants to beat them badly, “I definitely have a chip on my shoulder. I was in Montreal for quite some time and developed a good relationship with a lot of people and it’s the first time I’ve been traded and playing against a former team, so obviously there’s some emotions involved and the biggest thing is just to go out there and play my game. There’s no friends over there now.”

Beaulieu played five seasons in the Montreal organization after being drafted 17th overall in 2011. He’s only 24 and he loves his new team and city, “It’s been great. I grew up pretty close to Buffalo, only a couple of hours from here, so I really like how it’s a blue collar town and everyone is really friendly. It’s a small knit community and they love their sports.”

“It’s pretty much everything I thought it was. I was extremely excited when I first got news I’d be coming here and with Phil and the new management, I was excited to get a fresh start here with the way we play and how we’re progressing as a young team, I definitely think that we have a lot of motivation to build and gain a lot of respect around the league.”

The scratches tonight will be Josh Gorges, Matt Moulson and the injured Zach Bogosian.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog for the pregame live from (716) starting at 6 p.m. Joining them will be Phil Housley, Jack Eichel and Nate Beaulieu.


Tonight’s lines:

Kane - Eichel - Pominville

Pouliot - O’Reilly - Okposo

Girgensons - Reinhart - Griffith

Larsson - Josefson - Nolan


Beaulieu - Ristolainen

McCabe - Antipin

Scandella - Tennyson


Robin Lehner starts in goal.