Sabres' McCabe said he's ready to return

October 31, 2018 - 2:31 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jake McCabe missed Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury, but he won’t miss Thursday’s game, “I feel good. I think a couple of days did me good, so I’m feeling much better, so I’m ready to go for sure.”

McCabe got a bird’s eye view of Carter Hutton stealing a point for the Sabres against Calgary. McCabe said, “I saw that our goalie kept us in it for most of the game, He made big save after big save.

“Our penalty kill will awesome with Huts leading the charge back there as well. It’s unfortunate the outcome with how Huts battled for us, but it’s a learning experience."

The Sabres have points in five straight games. McCabe said, “We’ve been playing some good hockey. Even in Columbus, for a majority of the game we played a good game. In the second period we fell back and were very bad in the second period, but we came back in the third period and got a point. We need to take the positives and then focus on these areas that we need to clean up and keep moving forward.”

McCabe has played with all of the defensemen currently on the Sabres roster. Recently, he’s been on the top pair with Rasmus Ristolainen. McCabe started the season with Rasmus Dahlin and he said he doesn’t change his game at all, “I think with everyone in this room, not only myself and the defensemen, there’s different combinations maybe every game and you’re going to be playing with someone else, every guy has a role to fill and trust that the next person’s going to do their job, so it comes to going out there and doing your job no matter who you’re playing with.”

Young Rasmus Dahlin has also played with all the defensemen on the roster. You might think that’s hard for an 18-year-old just learning the league, but Dahlin said he actually enjoys it, “It’s been great, I like to play with different players, I learn new things and everyone is easy to play with, so it’s going great.”

Dahlin said they have 3-on-3 overtime in the SHL, so it’s nothing new to him. Tuesday was the first time he played it in the NHL and he said, “We have 3-on-3 in Sweden too so I’m kind of used to it, it’s a different style of hockey and I like it when you have the open space everywhere.”

Housley had many partners in his Hall of Fame career. He said Dahlin is such a good player, different partners doesn’t affect him, “It says a lot about the player in Rasmus able to adjust to certain characteristics of his partner and I really like that he’s good at making those adjustments.

“I don’t think it’s hard for him, he has great instincts playing this game, he reads off his partner quite well.

Housley had Remi Elie playing on a regular line and it sounds like he’ll play in Ottawa, “You look at it at a game-by-game basis and results influence your decisions.

“We have some rested legs and we have a lot of games in a short period of time, so we’re going to make some changes when we don’t get the results and we’re going to make changes even if we do get the results because there are guys that do have fresh legs.”

 

Wednesday’s lines:

 

Skinner  Eichel  Pominville

Sheary  Sobotka  Reinhart

Berglund  Larsson  Girgensons

Elie (Rodrigues)  Mittelstadt  Okposo

 

McCabe  Ristolainen

Scandella  Bogosian

Dahlin  Nelson

Beaulieu  Thompson 

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