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October 23, 2019

What happened to Carter Hutton?
Carter Hutton's October was mostly stellar.
The Sabres' No. 1 goalie racked up a .926 save percentage and allowed just 18 goals in eight starts. He was 6-1-1 in that stretch and the Sabres were playing some good hockey in front of what looked like a more-than-capable goaltender.
Hutton opened November with a loss, but he allowed just one goal.
From there, things have gone terribly wrong for the soon-to-be-33-year-old goalie. Saturday afternoon in Vancouver, he allowed six goals on 30 shots in an overtime loss. He hasn't won a game since Oct. 22, a stretch of nine consecutive losses. Linus Ullmark is firmly in the No. 1 spot, and the Sabres have a real problem with Hutton as their backup goalie right now.
Mike Harrington's column from Vancouver has a lot more on Hutton's struggles, with reaction from inside the locker room after a 6-5 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Okposo's return features a quick penalty and a goal: Kyle Okposo returned to the lineup after missing time due to another concussion. Nine seconds into his first shift, he was heading to the penalty box for a tripping minor. Okposo, though, rebounded and played well, even scoring a goal in the loss. Harrington's notebook leads with Okposo's return and has notes on the Sabres' overtime struggles, C.J. Smith's return to Rochester and more.
Canucks 6, Sabres 5 (OT): The Wraparound from Vancouver has all the news and notes (with some video) from the 11-goal game played inside Rogers Arena Saturday afternoon.
Asplund on the move: It was the one major move in practice Friday, Rasmus Asplund moving up to play on a line with Jeff Skinner and Marcus Johansson. "We think he's shown a grit to the game that's really interesting," coach Ralph Krueger said. The game day post from before the game had more on the move.
Power rankings: The teams in the top nine are still in the top nine, though the order is a bit different. Is anybody playing better than the Minnesota Wild are right now? See how far they climbed in Harrington's latest NHL Power Rankings.
Scouting the Oilers: Isn't it kind of crazy that Connor McDavid has only helped lead Edmonton to the postseason one time?
The way it's going this year, that number will jump to two this spring. McDavid is on pace for a career-high in goals, assists and points. He's got 52 points in 31 for the Pacific-leading Oilers. And he's not even their leading scorer. That title belongs to Leon Draisaitl (53 points), who leads the NHL.
Edmonton is just 3-3 in its last six after a 2-1 win over the Kings Friday night.
Coach Dave Tippett is getting the most out of his team using a "feel for the room" approach, Sportsnet's Mark Spector wrote.
The Sabres faced a Canucks team that was getting reinforcements back Saturday. They could be dealing with the same Sunday out of the Oilers.
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