The Buffalo Sabres are not making the push for the playoffs easy on the Rochester Americans. In their four to one loss to the Boston Bruins yesterday the Buffalo Sabres lost several more players to injury, including current starting goaltender Matt Hackett.
This is the fourth stint for Pysyk in a Buffalo Sabres uniform this season. For Nicolas Deslauriers it is his second call up since coming to the Buffalo Sabres via trade. Andrey Makarov is on his second call up to the NHL after being brought up to the Rochester Americans to fill in for the Amerks from the ECHL.
The Rochester Americans face the Lake Erie Monsters tonight. Thanks to a five game winning streak for the Amerks they are back in the thick of the Calder Cup playoff conversation, holding down the 7th place position in the Western Conference.
With eight points still to be had on their schedule – they could climb up to as high as fifth in the conference, but would require teams in front of them to lose out. No team in the Western conference has fewer games played than the Buffalo Sabres farm club. A win tonight puts the Amerks at 82 points and puts a firm grip on a playoff position.
The Rochester Americans only have to deal with helping the Buffalo Sabres for today – and will get all the AHL eligible players back for their remaining three games of the season, in time for the final push of the playoffs.
Today’s Rochester Americans opponents the Lake Erie Monsters are out of playoff contention and are playing the role of spoiler as they face off against the Amerks, a team desperate to keep the flow going and adding two points to the standings.