(WGR 550) - The Buffalo Sabres will have Rasmus Dahlin on Tuesday as they try to sweep their two-game series with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dahlin was cut when he got a forearm to the face from Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Ralph Krueger called for the NHL to suspend Aube-Kubel after the game, and on Tuesday expressed frustration that he won’t be.
“We were hoping for a suspension for a deliberate hit to the head and it looks like there won’t be one. That’s a little bit frustrating,” Krueger said.
Aube-Kubel was fined by the NHL, $4,633.62, which is the maximum amount allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Buffalo was in complete control during its 6-1 victory in Game 1. Sam Reinhart had two goals, while both Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel had three assists.
Eichel leads the NHL with six assists in three games. Hall is second with five. Both players are tied for the top spot in league in scoring with six points.
Ever since Krueger put that line together, all three players have been on top of their games. Hall said it isn’t the first time he’s been on a line with Reinhart.
“I played with Sam at a World Championship and saw what kind of player he was," Hall said on Tuesday. "He’s very easy to read, he’s predictable in a good way in the sense that he’s going to be in the same spots on the ice as he usually is, and he’s going to be in scoring areas.
“When he was put on the line in the Washington game, we had a great period-and-a-half. We got a lot of chances and some good zone time, and that’s what we’re looking to do as a line.”
After playing well, but not beating the Capitals, the Sabres did finally get the two points against the Flyers.
“We were rolling four lines, playing well and we got results," Hall said of Monday night's win. "This is going to be a really good test for us tonight, to see how we respond and if we can retain that momentum that we built last night. So when you do get a win after thinking that you deserved to win, that second game, it really does drive home that we just have to play this game. We have an identity as a team, and if we play that, it’s going to give us a chance on a lot of nights.”
By scoring six goals in one game, the Sabres are now sixth in the NHL, averaging 3.67 goals per-game.
The Sabres had a good night on special teams, going 2-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. That puts Buffalo 10th in the NHL with the extra man and 24th on the P.K.
If the Sabres can play the same type of game, which was high tempo and high energy, they should be able to play well against a Flyers team that will likely be better.
Only one player played over 20 minutes on Monday. Krueger said that should help them manage minutes in Game 2.
“We can go full out tonight and we can inject higher minutes into key personnel depending on the score," he said. "It gives us all kinds of tools tonight that usually on a back-to-back we wouldn’t have.
Linus Ullmark did skate with the few players that took the ice Tuesday morning, but Krueger wouldn’t say who would be in net.
Join Mike Schopp and the Bulldog for the pregame starting at 6 p.m. EST when they’ll be joined by Krueger, Hall and Brandon Montour.