Goaltender Chad Johnson didn’t even get into a game for the Buffalo Sabres yet his season could be over.
The 28-year-old, who was acquired by the Sabres from the New York Islanders on Monday, suffered a lower body injury during the team’s morning skate on Friday and did not dress against the Ottawa Senators.
“Chad, unfortunately, hurt something lower body and he’ll be out for a while,” coach Ted Nolan said per The Buffalo News. “Not day-to-day, it’ll be for a while.”
The Sabres recalled Andrey Makarov and the 21-year-old backed-up Anders Lindback in the 3-2 loss to the Sens.
With 17 games left in the season, could Johnson’s injury be season-ending?
“It possibly could be,” Nolan said. “We’ll get our doctors to look at him, and we’ll see what happens.”
Johnson was 8-8-1 with a 3.08 G.A.A. and an .889 save percentage in 19 games with the Islanders prior to the trade.
Acquired at the deadline from the Islanders, Chad Johnson was set to make his Sabres debut tonight against Ottawa.
But plans appear to have changed.
After suffering some type of undisclosed injury during today’s morning skate, Johnson has been listed as doubtful and, in a corresponding move, the Sabres recalled Andrey Makarov from AHL Rochester.
If Johnson can’t go, Anders Lindback would get the start and Makarov would back up.
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Devan stays busy
More of the same for Minnesota tonight — Devan Dubnyk will start when the Wild take on the Hurricanes in Carolina.
Tonight will mark Dubnyk’s 23rd straight start, a stretch in which he’s showed zero signs of fatigue or slowing down. He’s gone 17-3-1 during his time with the Wild, posting a 1.62 GAA, .939 save percentage and five shutouts.
At this stage — given his stellar play and heavy workload — one has to wonder if Dubnyk could slide into Vezina contention as one of the three finalists. The only category he’s not among the league leaders is wins (26), but is tied for 10th overall, which isn’t too shabby.
For Carolina, Anton Khudobin will be in goal.
Jackets at Devils: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Cory Schneider
Sabres at Sens: Chad Johnson vs. Andrew Hammond
Flames at Wings: Jonas Hiller vs. Jimmy Howard
Oilers at ‘Hawks: Ben Scrivens vs. Corey Crawford
Pens at Ducks: Marc-Andre Fleury (probable) vs. Frederik Andersen (probable)