Being a goalie for the Buffalo Sabres right now isn’t a fun time.
Buffalo’s injury report is running low after Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Chargers, as Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is expected to be out of the lineup on a weekly basis following a lower extremity injury, and for the foreseeable future, the Sabres The team must now try to put each of their top four goalkeepers on the shelf.
Craig Anderson is thought to have suffered an upper-body injury for much of the season that could end his long NHL career. Also on the shelves is recently-acquired injury replacement Malcolm Subban, who is also dealing with an upper-body ailment that puts him in the monthly category. And then there’s Dustin Tokarski, the de facto backup-to-backup who now finds himself in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Needless to say, the situation with the Sabre crease is pretty bleak these days.
Following Lukonen’s injury last night, the Sabres recalled goalkeeper Aaron Dyer on Wednesday morning as their default starter going forward.
Dell, despite having six years of NHL experience, hasn’t quite excelled at the highest level of hockey in recent years. The 32-year-old ended up winning AHL relegation this season with 4.52 goals and a 0.872 save percentage in seven games. However, shockingly, those numbers are actually an improvement over his 2021 season, during which Dyer recorded 4.14 goals and a 0.857 save percentage in seven games for the New Jersey Devils.
To isolate Dell, the Sabres also signed goalkeeper Michael Hauser as their short-term backup.
The 29-year-old played at every level in the Sabres organization last season, posting a .901 save percentage in four games in the NHL and a .924 in the other four games for the Rochester Americans in the AHL. save rate.
Houser signed an AHL contract with the Sabres in August, and has since had a choppy season this season between the Americans and the ECHL’s Cincinnati Hurricanes, who have a .876 save percentage and a .900 save percentage in three games. in the former’s 11 games.
Assuming any players on your MyTEAM face Buffalo in the next few weeks, make sure to put them in your starting lineup that night.