With the potential that Nilsson will be unable to serve even as the backup Friday against Detroit, the
Nilsson gave up just one goal on 16 shots in relief of Robin Lehner against the Leafs on Tuesday, but that was enough to get stuck with the loss.
James van Riemsdyk got him for a power-play goal in the latter half of the third period, and William Carrier's goal for Buffalo later in the frame transferred the loss from Lehner to Nilsson. That's a tough quirk of the rules for the 26-year-old Swede, who's now got three consecutive defeats on his ledger. Still, he deserves credit for playing well in this one and will more than likely draw one of the starts in the Sabres' upcoming back-to-back set, with fantasy owners surely hoping he gets to face the Red Wings at home Friday rather than the Canadiens on the road Saturday.
Nilsson allowed five goals on 38 shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Nilsson stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period, but was beaten five times in the final two frames while opposing netminder Cam Ward stood tall with 36 saves. While the backup started both ends of a back-to-back set with Robin Lehner battling the flu, he was unable to pick up a victory in either appearance. Buffalo's next game isn't until Monday, by which time Lehner will probably be back to push Nilsson to a bench role.
Nilsson will be in the crease for Friday's game in Carolina, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio reports.
With usual starter Robin Lehner out the last few games, Nilsson has been getting a bit of extra playing time, but he hasn't taken full advantage. After stopping 39 of 40 shots Tuesday, he allowed three goals on 28 shots Thursday. Carolina is middle of the pack in scoring, with 2.61 goals per game, so Nilsson will have a favorable matchup in Friday's game.
Nilsson stopped 25 of 28 shots in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning.
He's turned in spectacular work as the Sabres' backup this year, but this wasn't one of Nilsson's best efforts. With Robin Lehner (illness) still unavailable, it's unclear who'll start in the second of back-to-backs Friday against the Hurricanes -- Linus Ullmark's been called up to serve in the backup role, but his unimpressive AHL numbers could lead coach Dan Bylsma to use Nilsson again.