Nilsson is exposed for Wednesday's expansion draft.
The Sabres have seemingly found their starting goalie, but it's not Nilsson. Robin Lehner was the goalie who started the majority of games in Buffalo, and inevitably is the one protected in the expansion draft. At age 27, Nilsson still had a very good season in his 26 appearances, posting a .923 save percentage and a 2.67 GAA. There are so many high-caliber goaltenders in this draft, though, it's unlikely that he'll be taken by the Golden Knights.
Nilsson's undisclosed injury isn't believed to be serious and Linus Ullmark is heading back to AHL Rochester on Thursday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Further benefiting Nilsson is the fact that Buffalo doesn't play again until Saturday, the front end of a season-concluding back-to-back set. The backup has played well in spite of his team's overall struggles to play a consistent brand of hockey, crafting a 10-10-4 record with a .923 save percentage; the latter metric is arguably the strongest indication of a goalie's capability, and it speaks well of Nilsson.
Nilsson (undisclosed) sustained a practice injury Tuesday and is considered day-to-day, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
As a result, Buffalo reportedly will start No. 1 goalie Robin Lehner in Wednesday's home game against the Canadiens with Linus Ullmark considered the secondary option. Nilsson was terrific in a 39-save relief outing against the Maple Leafs on Monday, but now he only has two more chances to play again this season.
Nilsson saved 39 of 40 shots after entering 5:09 into the first period of Monday's loss to Toronto.
Robin Lehner received the starting nod in the second leg of the back-to-back set Monday, but he saved just two of the first five shots before being pulled. Nilsson entered and held down the forth with an impressive showing, and he might be turned to again before the season is finished. Still, the backup is nothing more than a low-end streaming option in seasonal leagues or desperation flier in daily contests.
Despite an earlier report suggesting Nilsson would likely start Monday, Robin Lehner will actually start between the pipes, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Nilsson generally receives the starts in one of the back-to-back games, but will apparently sit out each of the team's two contests this time around. With only four games remaining in the season, it's possible he's seen his last action of the season.