Carter Hutton has missed one game. ©2018, Hickling Images

Sabres goalie Carter Hutton practices, should play this week

BUFFALO – After an upper-body injury forced him to miss Saturday afternoon’s 6-2 home loss to Philadelphia, Sabres goalie Carter Hutton was back practicing this morning inside HarborCenter.

Coach Phil Housley said he “definitely” expects his No. 1 netminder to return this week. The Sabres host Los Angeles on Tuesday and Arizona on Thursday before playing road games Saturday and Sunday.

“It was good to see him back battling,” Housley said inside KeyBank Center. “He looked like his old self back there. He was glad to be back on the ice after this little stint.”

Hutton said of his absence: “Just a little maintenance, little banged up. We’ll be alright.”

Backup Linus Ullmark subbed for Hutton against the Flyers. No. 3 goalie Scott Wedgewood also practiced today.

In other news, the Sabres who have lost five straight contests (0-3-2) after their 10-games winning streak, only made minor tweaks to the forward lines today.

Kyle Okposo took Jason Pominville’s spot at right wing beside center Casey Mittelstadt and Conor Sheary. Meanwhile, Pominville skated beside center Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson, who had been on the fourth line.

Housley also promoted rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to the No. 1 power play beside Rasmus Ristolainen.

Check back later for a story on the Sabres’ lack of secondary scoring.

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