Luukkonen, Subban out long term for Sabres

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Malcolm Subban each will be out long term for the Buffalo Sabres.

Each goalie was injured in a 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Luukkonen is week to week with a lower-body injury and Subban is month to month with an upper-body injury.

Luukkonen is 2-5-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in nine starts; Subban is 0-2-1 with a 4.85 GAA and .871 save percentage in four games (three starts). He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 2.

Buffalo recalled Aaron Dell from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and signed Michael Houser to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

Dell was 0-5-0 with a 4.52 GAA and .872 save percentage in seven games (four starts) with the Sabres before he was sent to Rochester. He is 5-0-0 in five AHL games.

Houser signed a contract with the Sabres last season when they dealt with goalie injuries. He won his first two starts and went 2-2-0 with a 3.46 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in four starts.

Goalie Craig Anderson has not played since Nov. 2 because of an upper-body injury and is month to month. He is 4-2-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .921 save percentage in six starts.

Buffalo has used five goalies this season. Dustin Tokarski (4-5-3, 3.28 GAA, .903 save percentage in 14 games), has not played since Nov. 29. He was placed in COVID-19 protocol Dec. 2 and is week to week.

The Sabres (10-19-6), in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

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