The Sabres play their last home game until Jan. 9

December 22, 2017
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres will try once again to score some goals for Robin Lehner as he’ll be in net tonight against the Flyers. Lately here in Buffalo, the NHL’s worst scoring team has scored zero, three, zero and zero goals. Obviously that’s not going to get it done.

Overall Lehner is 7-14-4 with a 2.76 goals against and .914 save percentage. For the past month, he’s probably played his best hockey as a Sabre.

Ryan O’Reilly got his defensive game together and has been very good leading the forecheck and getting some offensive zone time lately, but what has it accomplished? One goal in 15 games. Playing better just can’t be good enough for the Sabres highest paid player.

The same goes for Kyle Okposo. In 2016 he was the number one unrestricted free agent and wanted to come to Buffalo. He has two goals in 11 games, still not good enough.

Newly acquired Scott Wilson made an impact doing the small things after he was acquired from Detroit, but stopped doing that and sat out the last game. Wilson has won two Stanley Cups, so he knows what he needs to do, “I think bring that physical component on the forecheck. I thought the last few games I was in, I got away from it, so I just think all around I need to be better.”

Phil Housley said Wilson is a game-time decision, but the lines in the morning skate as well as Wilson seem to indicate he’s in for Evan Rodrigues. Housley knows what he wants to see from Wilson, “I think he’s just got to continue what he brought when he first initially got here, really aggrieve on the forecheck, finishing checks.

“That’s going to be important because they have a couple of D back there that like to jump into the play and we’re going to have to be on the right side of things and he needs to continue to shoot the puck.”

With back-to-back games, Housley said he’s going to try to lighten the load for Marco Scandella and Rasmus Ristolainen. Ristolainen is 3rd in the NHL averaging 26:49 per game. Scandella is 27th averaging 23:38.

 

FRIDAY”S LINES:

 

Girgensons  Eichel  Reinhart

Pouliot  Josefson  Pominville

Wilson  Larsson  Nolan

Kane  O’Reilly  Okposo

 

Scandella  Ristolainen

Falk  Antipin

Gorges  Beaulieu

McCabe  Bogosian

 

The Flyers have won 7-of-8 games after losing 10 in a row. With former Sabre Michael Neuvirth hurt, Brian Elliott has played in nine straight games and 18-out-of 19.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog for the pregame at 6:00 live from 716 when they’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Scott Wilson and Nate Beaulieu

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