Sabres' McCabe is a game-time decision

Carter Hutton is back in goal as the Sabres host the Flames

Paul Hamilton
October 30, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Photo: Sergei Belski - USA TODAY Sports


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jake McCabe didn’t take a shift with the top-six defensemen in the morning skate, being paired with healthy scratch Evan Rodrigues, but Phil Housley said he’s a game-time decision for Tuesday. McCabe missed practice on Monday with an upper-body injury.

The defensive pairs were:

Dahlin - Ristolainen

Scandella - Bogosian

Beaulieu - Nelson

McCabe - Rodrigues

Carter Hutton gets the call in net. Hutton gave up three goals in the win over Montreal, but made some huge saves in the final minute when the goalie was pulled.

Hutton also let in a couple of goals that he didn’t like, but he was there when his team needed him the most, “There are different games, right? There are games when you’re feeling it and nothing seems to get by you and then there’s nights like the last game where I didn’t think I played my best, but the team played great and we found a way to win, so at that point, it’s just sticking with it.”

Hutton is 4-4-0 with a 3.08 goals-against and .905 save percentage.

The Sabres have taken points in four straight games, winning three of them. They have a power play goal in three straight games, going 5-for-13. That’s 38.5-percent. Overall, the PP has gone from one of the worst in the league to 16th.

Buffalo has also taken 125 shots in the past three games which is an average of 41.7.

The Sabres lines for the game are:

Skinner - Eichel - Pominville

Thompson - Sobotka - Okposo

Sheary - Mittelstadt - Reinhart

Berglund - Larsson - Girgensons

The Sabres rank fifth in the Atlantic Division with 13 points. They’re three in front of Ottawa and just three in back of first place Toronto.

Speaking of the Leafs, Calgary beat them in Toronto on Monday and also have 13 points, which puts the Flames fourth in the Pacific Division. Calgary is one point in front of Anaheim, tied with Edmonton and one point in back of both San Jose and Vancouver.

The Flames have only won one of their last four and two of their last six.

Calgary won in Buffalo last season, but haven’t won consecutive games in Western New York since 1991.

David Rittich gets the call in goal. His numbers are hugely better than those of Mike Smith, going 2-1-0 with a 2.37 goals-against and .933 save percentage.

Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 15 points in 12 games, while Matthew Tkachuk has 13, Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan have 12.

Gaudreau kills the Sabres with eight points in seven games. Monahan has six goals and 11 points in 10 games versus Buffalo.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:00 for the pre-game show live from (716) Food and Sport when they’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Carter Hutton and Nate Beaulieu

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