All is quiet at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. At least for now.
The Sabres are hosting the Boston Bruins in a 5 p.m. start at KeyBank Center and they have made no moves in advance of Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline.
Winger Evander Kane, almost certain to be dealt, will be held out of the lineup for the second straight day. Defenseman Josh Gorges, who could move, is a healthy scratch for the first time in three games and Justin Falk is back in the lineup to replace him.
Chad Johnson will start in goal after Robin Lehner played in Saturday's 5-1 loss in Washington. Coach Phil Housley said there is nothing to Lehner, a restricted free agent whose name has been bandied about, taking a seat today.
"We just thought Johnson had a really good game against Boston the last game so he's going to be in the net," Housley said.
Johnson stopped 25 of 27 shots in the Sabres' 4-2 win over the Bruins Feb. 10 in TD Garden and has better career numbers against them. He's 4-2-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .930 save percentage against Boston while Lehner is just 4-11-3, 2.71/.922.
The Bruins are 22-4-3 in their last 29 games but just 2-2 in their last four. The Sabres are 2-4-1 in their last seven but 4-4-2 in their last 10. Backup Anton Khudobin will be in goal for the Bruins. Star center Patrice Bergeron will take the warmup and be a game-time decision after taking a shot off the foot Saturday in Toronto.
Housley said he's simply playing the schedule and letting GM Jason Botterill worry about the trade deadline. He also knows he'll have a Boston team loaded to play after the Bruins fell, 4-3, Saturday night in Toronto but acquired winger Rick Nash this morning in a major deal with the New York Rangers.
"It's part of the business. You can see the things that were happening today and we're just going to get ready for Boston," Housley said. "They're playing pretty good hockey right now. I know they lost their last game but that's a really good hockey team over there and we have to be ready to go."