The Sabres close out their homestand against the Rangers

Zach Bogosian returns from injury after missing two games

Paul Hamilton
February 15, 2019 - 12:41 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres will have Zach Bogosian back on Friday, but not Casey Mittelstadt. Phil Housley said Mittelstadt is close, but won’t play tonight.

Bogosian missed two games with a lower-body injury. He’ll be back with Rasmus Dahlin, while Matt Hunwick and Nate Beaulieu will be the healthy scratches.

Linus Ullmark has taken seven of the last eight points he’s been in goal for, so he will be back in for his seventh game out of eight.

In his last two games, Ullmark has given up just two goals and stopped 52-of-54 shots.

Jack Eichel has been hot lately with points in six straight games and nine out of 10.

Sam Reinhart had been on a long streak of points, but he has been held pointless in his last three games.

The Sabres have a chance to finish their homestand 4-2-1 with a victory on Friday. This season, these two teams have traded 3-1 wins.

Buffalo is six points behind Montreal in the Atlantic Division and four points in back of Pittsburgh and Columbus for a playoff spot. Carolina leads the Sabres by one point. The Hurricanes host Edmonton on Friday, while Boston is at Anaheim.

The Rangers hold down the seventh place spot in the Metropolitan Division and are 11 points out of a playoff spot. New York has lost two out of three, and have only won three of eight games.

Alexander Georgiev has won his last two starts, giving up four goals. He’s 8-9-0 with a 3.11 goals-against and .905 save percentage. He'll play against the Sabres.

Mika Zibanejad is New York’s leading scorer with 25 goals and 31 assists for 56 points in 56 games. Chris Kreider has chipped in with 24 goals.

Zibanejad has 14 goals and 22 points in his last 15 games, while Kreider has 11 points in 12 games. Those two play on a line with Mats Zuccarello and have combined for 22 goals in the last 12 games.

The Sabres obviously need to slow that group down. Housley said, "Just managing the puck, we can’t get into a run and gun game especially with that line, they’ve got speed and strength, they make plays through traffic and are in and around the net, so we’re going to have to check and protect in front of our net.”

Join Schopp and the Bulldog for the pre-game at 6:00 live from (716) Food and Sport when they’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Rasmus Ristolainen and Evan Rodrigues.

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