The Sabres get back to the practice ice in Nashville

December 02, 2018 - 6:20 pm

Nashville, TN (WGR 550) - After a day off in Nashville, the Sabres were back on the ice with many missing. Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville have been sent back to Buffalo to have their injuries evaluated, while Jake McCabe is here, but still not practicing. Rasmus Ristolainen missed the workout due to a maintenance day. Phil Housley expects him to play on Monday.

Conor Sheary returned to practice and things sound good for him, Phil Housley said, “I’ll have to go talk to the trainers after today, but I would expect him to be in the lineup tomorrow.”

Rasmus Dahlin was chosen as the NHL’s Rookie of the Month in November. Housley said, “I think he’s adjusted well to the North American game because that was a thing we were thinking about coming into Development Camp and he’s done a good job and he’s done a good job playing with different partners, but it just says a lot about him and it’s great to get somebody recognized on our team and it’s been well earned by him.”

Ever since Dahlin’s game in Winnipeg, Housley has increased the rookie’s ice time by quite a bit. Dahlin was eased into the NHL, but the coaches feel he’s ready for more, “You want to put him in places where he’s going to succeed first and I think he’s handled it pretty well and let’s face it, our younger players are going to make a lot of mistakes and we’ve had patience through that, but I think he’s gotten better and gotten used to the more minutes, I think he feels comfortable playing a lot more, so it was just something that he earned.”

Dahlin was of course happy to be honored. He said, “It gives confidence and it’s easy to play on this team because they help me out a lot, so a big thanks to my teammates.

“I think more offense, I’m more comfortable with the puck and overall it’s been better in the D-zone too, so I take a step every game.

Dahlin loves playing a lot of minutes, but he knew how the Sabres were going to use him, “When I play good I get more minutes than when I play bad, but they had a plan and they did a great job and I will thank them.”

With all the injuries, Housley had to shuffle things for practice. The lines were,

 

Skinner  Eichel  Reinhart

Thompson  Mittelstadt  Okposo

Sheary  Sobotka  Rodrigues

Berglund  Larsson  Girgensons

 

Dahlin  Bogosian

Beaulieu  Nelson

Hunwick  Pilut

Elie  Tennyson

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