Sabres look to get back to their game against Montreal

October 9, 2019

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres have played two very good games and one very bad game which has them 2-0-1 on the season. Despite playing poorly in Columbus, Buffalo came back from a two goal deficit to get a point. Ralph Kruger said, “It’s important sometimes to have rough nights because we are in a very deep learning phase of changing the way we want to play and developing Sabres hockey, so those setbacks are really good especially when you take a point out of them.”

The Sabres now say that Conor Sheary is week-to-week instead of day-to-day. With three home games coming up, there’s no need to call up an extra forward until they leave for the west coast on Monday. John Gilmour is the one extra player they’re carrying and he’ll dress for warmup in case there’s an injury.

With Sheary out, Evan Rodrigues gets to play his first game of the season after being a healthy scratch. Krueger said there was nothing wrong with Rodrigues’ game to make him the odd man out, “Evan was left out of the lineup not because he wasn’t performing or wasn’t strong in what he does, it was the way we put the puzzle together, so it’s putting a mix together of physicality, skill, the type of lines that we want to see and he fell short, but we have a long season ahead and there’s always going to be somebody in that position and it happened to be him.”

Rodrigues will get a chance to take Sheary’s spot on the Johansson power play unit.

Jake McCabe is a very intense and proud player that will do anything for a teammate or the crest. Krueger obviously saw this and made the defenseman one of the alternate captains. McCabe takes the role very seriously, “I take great pride in it, I don’t take it lightly by any means and we’ve got a lot of great leaders in this room and I’m happy to be leaned upon and I’m not going to change the way I play or how I go about my days.”

Rasmus Dahlin leads the Sabres in scoring with five points in three games. Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson both have four points.

Olofsson has three of Buffalo’s six power play goals. The Sabres are on a 60% clip with the man-advantage.  

Carter Hutton starts in goal. He’s 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals against and .939 save percentage. Hutton has played eight games against the Habs and is 4-1-2 against them with a 2.37 goals against and .918 save percentage.

Former Devil Keith Kinkad makes his Montreal debut. In his career Kinkad is 3-1-0 against the Sabres with a 2.00 goals against and .931 save percentage.

Montreal lost in a shootout to Carolina and beat Toronto in a shootout. Both games were on the road. They get their home opener Thursday against Detroit.

Brendan Gallagher has three points in the two games.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog for the pregame at 6:00 live from 716 when they’ll be joined by Ralph Krueger, Jake McCabe and Casey Mittelstadt.