Hutton made 23 saves on 25 shots Thursday, earning the 5-2 win against Ottawa. Hutton needed a bounce-back game, and he got it here. It's the first time he's held an opponent to fewer than three goals since March 9, which just isn't good enough to get the job done.
Hutton will tend the home goal for Thursday's clash against the Senators, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Hutton has been brutal over his past five starts, going 0-5-0 with a 4.24 GAA and .891 save percentage in that span. One of the main reasons for the struggles could be that Buffalo ranks seventh in shots against per game this season. He'll likely be busy and takes on an offense that ranks 15th in the league in goals per game (2.98).
Hutton turned aside 32 of 35 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Predators. The 33-year-old is in a rut to close out the season. Hutton's lost five straight starts and allowed at least three goals in seven straight, posting a 4.12 GAA and .885 save percentage over that stretch. Linus Ullmark hasn't been much better lately, however, so the duo will likely split the Sabres' remaining two games.
Hutton made 33 saves in a 5-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. Hutton is 2-10-2 since Feb. 1. He has allowed 15 goals in his last three games, all losses. The Sabres have been eliminated and they don't even seem to be interested in playing for pride these days. That makes Hutton a no-start option in fantasy. He won't get the support he needs to put up decent performances.
Hutton will face the Islanders in a road start Saturday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Hutton has tied his 2017-18 output with 17 wins, but he's also lost 28 games (including overtime defeats), and his ratios (2.98 GAA and .909 save percentage) pale in comparison to last year's numbers when he was with the Blues. He will now take on a high-quality Islanders club that can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Swords.
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