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Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian day to day with lower-body injury

There was collateral damage from the Buffalo Sabres piecing together a fine defensive performance in a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian, the Sabres' alternate captain who is averaging 21 minutes, 38 seconds per game this season, is day to day with a lower-body injury and won't play Sunday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets, coach Phil Housley said.

Bogosian will be replaced in the lineup by Matt Hunwick, a 33-year-old who has played only three games for the Sabres this season. Hunwick has been a healthy scratch in 18 of the past 19 games. Additionally, Carter Hutton will start against the Jets. Nathan Beaulieu and C.J. Smith are expected to be healthy scratches.

"It's tough, but Matt Hunwick did a great job when he stepped in," Housley said of losing Bogosian. "He's a veteran guy and I expect he's going to be on his game today, be a big part of our team."

Bogosian finished the game Saturday against Detroit and played 22 minutes, 39 seconds, the second-most ice time for a Sabres defenseman. That included more than five minutes on the penalty kill, which allowed one power-play goal in four opportunities.

Bogosian, 28, has appeared in 49 consecutive games since missing the start of the season and was limited to only 18 games in 2017-18 after undergoing hip surgery. He has two goals among 13 points and a minus-3 rating this season and has helped the Sabres' penalty kill rank ninth in the NHL entering Sunday's games.

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Hunwick, who was acquired from Pittsburgh along with Conor Sheary in June, did not join the team until December because of a neck injury suffered during an offseason workout. A left-handed defenseman, he excelled when playing his off-side in a 5-4 win in Columbus on Jan. 29 but has not played since. Hunwick will again likely be asked to play on the right side with Bogosian out.

"I was really impressed," Housley said of Hunwick's performance in Columbus. "He's done a really good job. He's a true pro. He approaches the game and practices the right way. Comes to work and obviously, he plays a good, solid game in Columbus and doesn't get back into the lineup."

Hutton has started only three of the Sabres' past 10 games and has been pulled twice during that span. He allowed four goals on 22 shots and five goals on 12 shots in losses to Chicago and Edmonton, respectively. However, he made 25 saves on 26 shots in a 2-1 shootout win in Winnipeg on Nov. 16.

"Just getting back to where he was," Housley said when asked what he wants to see from Hutton. "I think he's been attacking it maybe too much, really trying to get out on his angle instead of letting pucks hit him like they were. When he's on his game there aren't a lot of rebounds. He squeezes up everything. We've got to do a good job in front of him. He hasn't had a lot of run support when he's played and he's given us some good games, but just getting back to where he was when he was on his game."

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