Sabres' Okposo doesn't have a concussion

February 16, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Before the Sabres left for New Jersey they practiced at Harborcenter. Kyle Okposo didn’t practice as a precaution, but Phil Housley had great news that the winger did not suffer a concussion on Friday night against the Rangers. Okposo did make the trip.

Also making the trip were Linus Ullmark and Zach Bogosian who were given maintenance days on Saturday.

Marco Scandella was left behind as he was being evaluated for an undisclosed injury. The Sabres say Scandella could join the team later in the trip which also goes to Florida and Tampa.

The Sabres were soft defensively against the Rangers and it cost them six goals. Housley had a video session before practice and said, “We addressed it today, we had a good practice and the spirits were up. It was a time to reboot and refocus and get ready.

“We understand when we have our details in order, we’re a good hockey team and when we’re not, we get the results that we got last game.”

The Sabres only won three of the seven games during their homestand.

One question I get asked a lot is what is the Sabres identity? Phil Housley thinks it’s when they have their end buttoned down, “It’s our work, reloads and checking detail. It’s pretty simple, when we do those three things well and on top of that manage the game, we’re a tough team to play against.”

 

Saturday’s lines:

Skinner  Eichel  Pominville

Rodrigues  Mittelstadt  Reinhart

Sheary  Larsson  Girgensons

Smith  Sobotka  Thompson

 

Pilut  Ristolainen

Dahlin  McCabe

Beaulieu  Hunwick

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