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Sabres goaltender Michael Houser enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

The Buffalo Sabres have placed goaltender Michael Houser in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Friday.

Buffalo doesn’t know who will start between the pipes on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Houser, who has played just two games this season, was the only healthy goaltender currently on an NHL contract.

Goaltenders Craig Anderson and Dustin Tokarski are expected to travel with the team this weekend, but there are questions about Anderson and Tokarski’s availability.

Anderson has been out since November with an injury and Tokarski is still recovering from the effects of COVID-19. Aaron Dell is currently serving a three-game suspension by the NHL, while Malcolm Subban and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen are out long-term with injuries.

In total, the Sabres have started six different goaltenders this season. If Tokarski or Anderson aren’t ready to go Saturday night, that number will grow.