Video: PRACTICE REPORT
Defender Christian Wolanine took part in his first skate with the team after Buffalo claimed it on waivers on Saturday. The 26-year-old left-hander has played 61 NHL games in five seasons, most recently with the Los Angeles Kings.
He won’t be playing tonight, but is ready for his first opportunity to wear the blue and gold uniform. Jourdon LaBarber from Sabres.com has more in our practice report:
Video: CHRISTIAN WOLANIN
“Let’s play hockey,” Wolanin said. “I mean, obviously Los Angeles, California is quite a place and a great place to take your mind off hockey. But at the end of the day, I’m a hockey player. I liked everything about it, no complaints. I just wasn’t playing. ”
“It’s pretty nice for both sides to go their separate ways and I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity here. “
Wolanin played 58 games in four seasons for Ottawa before a trade sent him to Los Angeles in March. He played three games with the Kings to end last season and returned to the organization with a one-year, two-part contract in July. He was scratched for the team’s first game against Vegas last Thursday and placed on waivers the next day.
The Sabers have claimed Wolanin for extra depth at the back after losing the defenseman Henri Jokiharju to a lower body injury following their season opener against Montreal.
Video: AFTER THE PRACTICE: Granato
Sabers coach Don Granato recalled watching Wolanin during the defenseman’s days with USHL Muskegon, when Granato was the United States National Team Development Program coach.
“I followed his career a bit,” said Granato. “But I’m going to watch like everyone else at this point, much like we did in training camp, and try to find out more about him as we go. this process. “
Read the full story here.
Don’t expect any changes to Buffalo’s roster from Saturday, except at net.
Craig Anderson will be back between the pipes. He made 30 saves in the 5-1 opening night win over Montreal on Thursday. Backup Dustin Tokarski played on Saturday and made 20+ shootout saves in the team’s 2-1 win over Arizona.
Buffalo enters tonight’s game in search of a 3-0-0 victory to start a season for the fifth time in franchise history. The last Sabers to win at least their first three games of the season were the 2008-09 club, which won their first four games.
If the Sabers score at least one point tonight, they’ll have opened the season with at least one point in their first three games for the ninth time in team history.
This is the first of two meetings between the Sabers and the Canucks this season. The two clubs last met on Jan. 11, 2020, a 6-3 win for the Canucks in Buffalo.
The Sabers are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games against the Canucks, but 6-4-0 in their last 10 games at home.
Discover more statistics and information in @SabresPR’s play notes.
200th match of Dahlin
Video: AFTERGAME: Dahlin
Rasmus Dahlin is set to play his 200th career NHL game tonight. Among Sabers defensemen who have played at least 199 career games, Dahlin ranks 10th in goals per game (0.09), fourth in assists per game (0.45) and fourth in points per game (0. 54)
At the start of Monday’s games, Dahlin, with 0.45 assists per game, placed 10th among active NHL defensemen (min. 199 GP).
Dahlin also sees some shorthanded time this season.
So far, Buffalo has limited their opponents to one goal in each of their first two games this season. The last time the team limited their opponents to three goals or less in the first three games of the season was in 2009-10, when the Sabers allowed three goals in their first three games.
The Sabers have limited each of their first three opponents to one goal or less only once in franchise history: 2008-09, when the team allowed one goal in each of their first three games.
An important note on Friday’s game
If you’re coming to Friday’s game against the Boston Bruins, great. We are delighted to see you at the KeyBank Center. Tickets are on sale now.
If you’re going to be watching from home, no matter where you live, make sure you have an ESPN + or Hulu subscription. This is the only way you will be able to watch as the game will be streamed live exclusively on these platforms.
If you activate MSG or ESPN, the game will not be activated. As part of the new NHL broadcast deal with Disney, 75 exclusive regular season games produced by ESPN will air on ESPN + and Hulu, including Friday night’s game against Boston (Hulu will broadcast the same 75 exclusive domestic games produced by by ESPN who are on ESPN +).
ESPN and ABC will present a total of 28 exclusive regular season games. And over 1,000 non-market games will be available on ESPN + throughout the season.
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Michigan is # 1 in the country
Update yesterday’s outlook looked back at the weekend for Erik Portillo and Owen Power, the Sabers’ draft picks who play for the Michigan Wolverines.
After beating No.5 Minnesota Duluth and No.1 Minnesota State in the Ice Breaker tournament, Michigan has gone from No.3 to No.1 in the polls.
Portillo, Buffalo’s 2019 third-round pick, started both games and made 55 combined saves on 58 shots (0.948 save percentage). Portillo is 4-0-0 this season with a .929 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against average.
Power, the top pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, recorded an assist in Friday’s 5-1 win over Minnesota Duluth and had an even score and a blocked shot in Saturday’s win over Minnesota State.
Read the full report, which also includes updates on leads Filip Cederqvist and Isak Rosen here.
Today in the history of the Sabers
1984 : Mike Foligno completed his third career hat trick with the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the third period to eliminate the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.