They decided that they wouldn’t seek help from outside the organization, and they turned the starting job to career backup Chad Johnson.
As expected, Johnson hasn’t looked very good since taking over. The 29-year-old has a 2-5-0 record to go along with a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .879 save percentage this season.
On Saturday, the Sabres coaching staff decided it was time to put a fresh face between the pipes.
Ullmark was Buffalo’s sixth round, 163rd overall, in the 2012 draft.
He underwent hip surgery this off-season and after a few impressive starts in the AHL, the Sabres are ready to give him his first opportunity.
He’ll be going up against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils.
Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes for the Rangers, while the Flyers turn to Steve Mason. The Flyers recalled Jason LaBarbera to serve as Mason’s backup because Michal Neuvirth is sidelined with an injury.
After putting Kevin Poulin on waivers on Saturday, the Lightning are expected to go with Kristers Gudlevskis in Chicago. The ‘Hawks will turn to Corey Crawford in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final.
Columbus, still looking for their first win this season, will likely turn to a struggling Sergei Bobrovsky. Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes for Colorado. Varlamov is coming off a 1-0 shutout win over Carolina.