Sabres call up Wedgewood, Tennyson from the Amerks

Carter Hutton is now day-to-day with an upper-body injury

Brayton Wilson
December 07, 2018 - 10:48 am

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The Buffalo Sabres are currently facing some significant injuries on the blue line. Jake McCabe and Casey Nelson out on a week-to-week basis with upper-body injuries, while Marco Scandella and Matt Hunwick are both day-to-day with upper-body injuries.

With the depth on defense looking thin in Buffalo, the Sabres have brought back Matt Tennyson from the Rochester Americans.

This is the third time Tennyson has been in Buffalo this season, but he has yet to appear in a game this season.

However, it does appear as though he will be suiting up for his first game on the season on Saturday when the Sabres host the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. Sabres head coach Phil Housley said after practice on Friday that Hunwick is still not ready to play, which leaves the Sabres with just six healthy defensemen. Tennyson was consistently working in with Nathan Beaulieu on the third defensive pairing, which is an indication that he will play against the Flyers.

In eight games this season with the Amerks, Tennyson has one goal and a pair of assists.

Jack Eichel and Zach Bogosian returned to practice on Friday after they were both given maintenance days from practice on Thursday.

Carter Hutton was also given a maintenance day from practice on Thursday, but he was not present for Friday's session. Housley said following practice that the 32-year-old netminder is now day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and that the team is taking caution with his injury. He also said that Hutton he will not be ready to play on Saturday against Philadelphia.

That preempted the Sabres to call up goalie Scott Wedgewood from the Amerks earlier in the morning.

Wedgewood is up on his first call up from Rochester this season. The 26-year-old has played well this season for the Amerks, despite his numbers telling a different story. In 14 games played this season, Wedgewood has posted an 8-4-1 record with a 2.91 goals-against average, a .907 save percentage and two shutouts.

Last season, Wedgewood got into 20 NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes, posting a 5-9-4 record with a 3.45 goals-against average, an .893 save percentage and a shutout. Overall, in 24 NHL games with the Coyotes and New Jersey Devils, he has put up a 7-10-5 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. 

Here is how the lines looked at practice on Friday:

 

Forwards:

Skinner - Eichel - Reinhart

Sheary - Mittelstadt - Pominville

Sobotka - Rodrigues - Okposo

Thompson - Larsson - Berglund

 

Defense:

Dahlin - Bogosian

Pilut - Ristolainen

Beaulieu - Tennyson

Hunwick

 

Remi Elie and Zemgus Girgensons were working in with Hunwick as the extra defensemen.

Here is also how the power play units looked on Thursday:

 

PP1: Skinner - Eichel - Reinhart / Thompson - Ristolainen

PP2: Rodrigues (Pominville) - Mittelstadt - Okposo / Dahlin - Sheary

 

The Sabres and Flyers will drop the puck shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday with pre-game coverage on WGR beginning at 12 p.m. with Brian Koziol.

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