Sabres News & Rumors: Luukkonen, Quinn & Dell

In this edition of Buffalo Sabres News & Rumors, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen leaves Tuesday’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a lower-body injury, Malcolm Subban sustains an upper-body injury in relief, and Jack Quinn makes his NHL debut before returning to the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Luukkonen Resigns with Lower-Body Injury after First Period on Tuesday

Tuesday night’s game, a Lightning loses 6-1, was a very tough one for the Sabres’ goaltending. Luukkonen was the star goalie of the future, and he played 20 minutes of that first period. He allowed two goals on nine shots. You can quit the gameWith a lower-body injury. The Sabres placed the 22-yearold on week-to-week status in his recovery. After an incredible start as Buffalo’s starting goaltender, the team will certainly miss his presence in goal while he is out.

Ukko–Pekka Luukkonen is the Buffalo Sabres goaltender. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images).

Luukkonen is 17th among NHL goaltenders that have had at least five net starts with a solid.917 Save percentage (SV%). He stepped into Buffalo’s spotlight last month, Subban, who was suffering from a lower-body injury, was called up to NHL. While Luukkonen recuperates, the Sabres will continue to rely on Aaron Dell, who was recalled from AHL on Wednesday. Michael Houser signed a one-year NHL contract on Wednesday.

Subban listed as Month to-Month with an Upper Body Injury

The news for Sabres goaltending only got worse as Tuesday night’s game went on. Subban stopped 23 of the 27 shots in the second- and third periods, while Luukkonen was being treated. It wasn’t until the day after, on Wednesday, that it was revealed Subban had been injured in the game and It will be in effect from month to monthAn upper-body injury. The Sabres were unable to keep their goaltending team together for one night due to injuries.

Malcolm Subban Buffalo Sabres
Malcolm Subban is the Buffalo Sabres’ goaltender. Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Subban, who suffered a lower-body injury last month, is very disappointed. Subban, 28 years old, is determined to become a regular NHL player. But injuries keep getting in his way. In the four games he’s managed to play this season, he has a .871 SV%. Hopefully, his recovery goes well and he earns another shot at the Sabres’ backup goaltending job behind Luukkonen. Houser and Dell will continue to try to keep the fort.

Quinn Impresses with NHL Debut, Registers 3 Shots on Goal

Quinn was the eighth overall pick by the Sabres in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut against Tuesday’s Lightning. While the Sabres didn’t stand much of a chance in the game, eventually falling by a final score of 6-1, the 20-year-old played an impressive, steady game and seemed to fit in well. His three shots on goal, which were his most among all Sabres skaters in the game, were impressive.

Jack Quinn Ottawa 67's
Former Ottawa 67’s forward Jack Quinn (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Quinn was Transferred to the Americans in the AHL on Wednesday, it likely won’t be long before he plays with the Sabres again. Quinn is enjoying a great season in Rochester with 26 points (12 goals and 14 assists) in just 20 games. Quinn is the reason the Americans are ranked second for the North Division. Quinn is currently tied for 11th in AHL points-getters. Many players below him have played significantly more games. The young winger appears bright and Sabres fans should look forward to the next time he is in royal blue or gold.

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With puck drop at 5:00, the Sabres will now take on the Nashville Predators. Thursday, 8 p.m. ET. Buffalo’s new goaltending team of Dell and Houser is poised to give it its first win in 2022.