Hut­ton not avail­able, Wedge­wood called up

The Buffalo News - - NHL - By Mike Har­ring­ton NEWS SPORTS RE­PORTER

The in­jury bug that has spread through the Buf­falo Sabres’ de­fense corps has now reached its start­ing goal­tender.

Carter Hut­ton, who is tied for third in the NHL in wins and was a key cog on the team’s re­cent 10-game win­ning streak, is out of the lineup with an un­spec­i­fied up­per-body in­jury and will not play in Satur­day’s mati­nee against Philadel­phia in KeyBank Cen­ter.

Coach Phil Hous­ley said af­ter prac­tice Fri­day that Hut­ton is listed as day to day. The in­jury ap­par­ently hap­pened dur­ing Mon­day’s 2-1 loss in Nashville and Hous­ley said Hut­ton got stiff on the bench while serv­ing as the backup dur­ing Tues­day’s over­time loss to Toronto. Hut­ton had what was termed a main­te­nance day off the ice Thurs­day and did not skate Fri­day.

The Sabres have called up Scott Wedge­wood from Rochester to serve as Li­nus Ull­mark’s backup.

“We’re just be­ing cau­tious with it, giv­ing him a main­te­nance day yesterday,” Hous­ley said Fri­day when asked about Hut­ton. “He’s still day to day and he hasn’t re­ally skated. We want to get him a prac­tice or some ice be­fore” a po­ten­tial re­turn to the lineup.

Hut­ton is 12-8-1 this sea­son with a 2.60 goals-against av­er­age and .917 save per­cent­age. Buf falo Sabres But he was sen­sa­tional dur­ing the team’s win­ning streak, go­ing 8-0/1.97/.936.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate to hear about what’s go­ing on with ‘Hutts’ right now,” Wedge­wood said. “Ob­vi­ously hop­ing for a quick re­cov­ery from him, so I’ll en­joy my time here and make the most of it.”

The Sabres also re­called de­fense­man Matt Ten­nyson af­ter hav­ing sent him to Rochester on Wed­nes­day to play in the Amerks’ win over Utica. It’s ex­pected that Ten­nyson will make his sea­son de­but in the NHL Satur­day be­cause Jake McCabe and Casey Nel­son are listed as week to week with their up­per-body in­juries and Marco Scan­della, who re­mains day to day, has not prac­ticed due to his ail­ment and has been out of the lineup the last five games.

Jack Eichel and Zach Bo­gosian, who both were on main­te­nance days Thurs­day, re­turned Fri­day and prac­ticed fully.

The Fly­ers re­called for­mer Sabres farm­hand Phil Varone from Le­high Val­ley and he could make his Philadel­phia de­but in Satur­day’s game.

Varone, 28, is sec­ond in the AHL in scor­ing with 28 points in 22 games, col­lect­ing 11 goals and 17 as­sists. He was the AHL’s most valu­able player last sea­son af­ter com­pil­ing 23 goals and 47 as­sists to fin­ish sec­ond in the league in scor­ing with 70 points.

Varone spent 5ø years in the Sabres or­ga­ni­za­tion and led the Rochester Amerks in scor­ing in 2010-11 (11-41-52), 2013-14 (18-43-61) and 2014-15 (15-2944). He had five goals and four as­sists in 42 ca­reer games with the Sabres be­fore he was traded to Ot­tawa in 2016.

The Sabres en­ter the game 9-2-2 at home this sea­son and 7-0-2 in their last nine. They have not had a 10-game point streak at home since go­ing 6-0-4 from Dec. 13, 2011 to Feb. 10, 2012 . ... Thir­teen of Buf­falo’s last 14 games have been one­goal af­fairs, in­clud­ing the last seven (3-2-2). The Sabres have played eight straight de­cided by one goal or tied only one time in fran­chise his­tory, go­ing 3-3-2 from March 15-April 3, 1999 . ... The Sabres are 4-0 in mati­nees and Satur­day’s game is the fifth of 11 sched­uled this sea­son, home and away.

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