The Sabres and Predators limp into Monday's game

Carter Hutton will be in goal against his former team

Paul Hamilton
December 03, 2018 - 3:01 pm

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Nashville, TN (WGR 550) - After two days off, the Sabres are back at it in Nashville on Monday. Both teams are facing injuries with players that will miss the game.

Phil Housley had hoped Conor Sheary would be ready for tonight, but said he’s a game-time decision. It’s not looking good for Sheary as he skated for a long time after practice and Remi Elie came off with the rest of the team.

Jake McCabe, Marco Scandella, Matt Hunwick and Scott Wilson are the others out with injury as well as Jason Pominville.

Pominville said he wasn’t supposed to skate, but he felt so much better that he did. The winger said, “I was a little stiff the last couple of days, but woke up today and felt much better and honestly really didn’t think I was going to skate today, but I felt good enough and they decided to let me go out there and I obviously wasn’t opposed to it.”

Pominville has played in 82 games in eight different seasons, and he wants to play on Tuesday against Toronto, “I’m hopeful. I’ve got to talk to the staff and see how the day progresses, but the staff has done a great job and I’d like to be in sooner than later for sure.

“If it were up to me I’d probably want to play today, but I guess I’m not playing today. I wish I would be out there, I’m not going to lie, but there’s a lot of hockey left so you’ve got to be cautious.”

Lawrence Pilut is going to get a chance to play with Rasmus Ristolainen in this game. Housley said, “I’m just trying to give him an opportunity. He’s here let’s see what he can bring to our team. I thought he had a pretty good game against Florida, so we’re just giving him a bigger opportunity.”

Housley said part of the decision with Pilut was that he likes Rasmus Dahlin better with Zach Bogosian.

Carter Hutton will get the start in goal. He has won eight of his last nine games. Overall, Hutton is 12-7-1 with a 2.63 goals-against and .917 save percentage.

Hutton spent three years as Pekka Rinne’s backup. This season, Rinne is 11-4-1 with a great 1.86 goals-against and very good .934 save percentage.

Nashville is missing a lot of fire power with Filip Forsberg, Kyle Turris, Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban all out with injuries.

The Predators have lost three of five games and are 5-5-1 in their last 11.

Ryan Johansen leads Nashville is scoring with 23 points in 27 games. Forsberg had 14 goals when he went on injured reserve.

Join Brian Koziol for the pre-game starting at 7:00 when he’ll have Phil Housley, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton and Jason Pominville.

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