Two key pieces will be returning to the Buffalo Sabres lineup for Tuesday’s road game against the Ottawa Senators.
Head coach Don Granato announced that center Casey Mittelstadt and forward Zemgus Girgensons will return to the lineup.
Mittelstadt has missed the last 16 games due to an upper-body injury that required surgery. The 23-year-old has scored one goal in four games this season.
Girgensons has been out the last five games due to a lower-body injury. The 28-year-old has recorded 12 points (7+5) in 33 games this season.
This is a big boost to the lineup as Mittelstadt can help the power play, especially with Victor Olofsson struggling to find the back of the net. He has not scored a goal since October 31. The Sabres power play is ranked 14th in the NHL. Also, Girgensons really makes a difference on the penalty kill. Buffalo is ranked 25th on the PK this season.
Faceoff for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.