Sabres' Girgensons tries not to think about being traded.

February 24, 2018

Washington, DC (WGR 550) - With basketball being played in Washington’s arena both Friday night and at noon today, the Sabres weren’t able to hold a morning skate.

If we go by Friday’s practice, Nick Baptiste and Justin Falk will be scratched, but you never know with Monday’s trade deadline looming.

Zemgus Girgensons knows that his name keeps being brought up in trade talks. He said at this point of his career, he’s used to it, “In the first years I think I was kind of nervous when it comes to that day, but I still feel the jitters inside because you don’t want to be traded.

“You want to be here, but now you take it day by day and I don’t read too much into it and I don’t look for it, so I don’t see too much of it.”

Girgensons knows that with all the losing that has gone on here, change is coming. He said, “Yes, definitely, in a situation like this, usually someone gets traded. I’ve been around it, I’ve seen a lot of players come and go and it’s not fun to see a teammate go, so it’s a tough time in the season.”

Girgensons has known nothing but losing in the NHL. His career points percentage is .380. In his first two seasons it was .317 and .329. Under Dan Bylsma it was .494 and .476 and this season, it’s .385. Despite that, he did tell me he definitely wants to stay in Buffalo and be part of the solution.

The Sabres are 5-0-1 in their last six road games and are 10-14-8 overall. That’s a point percentage of .438

Ryan O’Reilly has nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in his last 20 games. O’Reilly’s right winger Sam Reinhart has six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in his last 17 games.

Kyle Okposo has 17 points in 19 games while Evan Rodrigues and six points in eight games.

In his last six games, Robin Lehner is 2-2-2. He has given up three or more goals in all of them except the last one which was a 3-2 overtime victory in Detroit.

Buffalo has split the two games in Buffalo winning 3-1 and losing 3-2.

Washington’s only win in its last four games with the victory in Buffalo. Despite the losses, their captain Alex Ovechkin has been hot with four goals and six assists for 10 points in seven games. Ovechkin leads the league with 36 goals and is 9th in points with 68.

Nick Backstrom doesn’t have a point in his last four games and T.J. Oshie has had an awful season with just 12 goals and 33 points in 54 games.

Braden Holtby didn’t play against the Sabres in Buffalo. He has lost five straight games with a goals against of 4.70.

The Caps are still in second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point in back of Pittsburgh and one point in front of Philadelphia.

Join Pat Malacaro for the pregame starting at 6:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen.