The Sabres turn to Johnson against Florida.

February 1, 2018

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Robin Lehner has only given up two goals in his last three games, but he isn’t starting tonight against Florida. Chad Johnson gets the nod after his win in Calgary last week.

The only goal to elude Johnson was a tip on a power play. He made 32 saves to get the overtime win.

Johnson’s only other win this season came Oct. 15 in Anaheim. He’s 2-8-3 with a 3.64 goals against and .884 save percentage. The Sabres have played some of their worst hockey in front of Johnson, especially earlier in the season. He said it was a pleasure to be in the crease when the team played so well out west, “That was a great effort and to be a part of that, I mean I’ve been part of a lot of tough games overall as a group, so it was nice to get a good effort from everybody and just kind of everything clicked really, so you saw the results when all that happens.”

Phil Housley felt Johnson’s play earned him this start, “Yes, I think he had a real strong effort in Calgary and that’s great for him, so that’s why he’s going to play tonight.”

After a bad effort at home against New Jersey, Housley is putting Jacob Josefson and Jordan Nolan in for Evan Rodrigues and Benoit Pouliot. No word on if Josh Gorges or Nate Beaulieu are going in.

The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games against the Panthers including a 4-1 loss in this building in November.

Buffalo has a power play goal in three consecutive games going 5-for-11. The PP has been a big part of their game for the last 13.

Evander Kane and Jason Pominville have gone ice cold for this team. Kane hasn’t scored in 10 games and has just four goals in his last 29.

Pominville no goals in seven games and one goal in 21 games.

If you’re hoping the Sabres can start moving up the standings, they're just two points in back of 7th place Ottawa and nine in back for Florida and Montreal.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:00 for the pregame, live from 716 when you’ll hear from Bob Boughner as well as Phil Housley and Chad Johnson.