Morning skate | Houser will make a 2nd consecutive start against Isles
Michael houser played nine seasons of professional hockey before making his NHL debut, a 34-save win over the New York Islanders on Monday. His wait for Game 2 will only take 24 hours.
Houser will start for the second night in a row when the Sabers host the Islanders at KeyBank Center on Tuesday, their last home game of the season. Stefanos Lekkas, who signed a professional trial contract on Monday, will back up again.
It could be the start of a busy week for Houser. Sabers’ interim coach Don Granato has announced that goalkeepers Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (lower body), Carter hutton (lower body), and Dustin Tokarski (family affair) will all remain unavailable for the last three games of the season.
Linus Ullmark, absent since April 15 with a lower body injury, skated again on Tuesday morning but his return is uncertain.
“He’s not ready today,” Granato said. “So that’s an easy no today and a possibility, I would say, but I wouldn’t say a probability.”
Video: PREGAME: Granato
Lekkas signed his professional tryout contract on Monday after competing in a morning skate with Rochester. He wiped down his gear, packed the few things he had in his hotel room in Rochester, and found a new room in Buffalo. It was the sequel to an eventful season for the 2020 University of Vermont graduate, who started the season with ECHL Fort Wayne before joining the Amerks for a tryout.
“Just going through the game day process, skipping the warm-up and being part of a win is obviously something I will always remember,” he said. “Just being here for as long as it ends up making you really want to win more chances and stick around.”
Video: PREGAME: Lekkas
Colin Miller will intervene on the defense instead of William borgen, which will take a day of maintenance. The rest of the programming will remain the same as Monday.
Granato mixed up his lines in the win over the Islanders, Anders Bjork at the place previously occupied by Jeff skinner next to Sam reinhart and Victor Olofsson. Skinner skated just two quarterbacks in the third period.
“It was more than Jeff,” said Granato. “It was the fact that we got down to nine forwards. I changed lines because I thought some guys were going and more in the moment last night and it was a situation where we thought we could come back. in the game because of the energy. on the bench. “
Coverage on MSG begins at 6.30 p.m. The puck delivery is scheduled for the 7th.