Hutton allowed five goals on 12 shots in Monday's loss to the Oilers. The Sabres got off to a quick lead off Casey Mittelstadt's goal a minute into regulation, but the Oilers responded by putting three unanswered scores past Hutton within the next four minutes. The first intermission was no solace, either, as the Oilers tacked on two more within the first 4:49 of the second frame, leading to Hutton's departure. Hutton has now allowed nine goals over the last two games in barely over four periods of play.
Hutton will be in goal for Monday's road game in Edmonton. Since winning eight straight games between Nov. 8 and Nov. 27, Hutton has gone 2-7-2 in 11 starts since. The goaltender's record has gotten progressively worse as the season has gone on and now sits at 14-13-3 through 30 games. He has a somewhat favorable matchup awaiting him Monday, taking on an Edmonton team that is 3-7-0 in its last 10 contests.
Hutton stopped 26 of 30 shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes. Three goals in eight minutes during a rough second period doomed Hutton to his 13th loss of the season. The 33-year-old has only one win in his last eight starts, posting a 2.86 GAA and .909 save percentage over that stretch, and he could begin to lose more playing time to Linus Ullmark if he can't turn things around soon.
Hutton will start in goal Friday evening against host Carolina, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. The Sabres are expected to welcome back star pivot Jack Eichel (upper body), and that should be a major boon to Hutton as he gets set to take on a Hurricanes club that's allowing the second-fewest shots in the league -- 28.2 per game. Patrolling the crease in his first year with the Swords, Hutton has compiled a 14-12-3 record, 2.57 GAA and .918 save percentage over 29 games.
Hutton stopped 20 of 21 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Devils. After coughing up a goal just 88 seconds into the game, Hutton settled down and shut the door on New Jersey the rest of the way. It's the 33-year-old first win since Dec. 13, but his 2.57 GAA and .918 save percentage are a better reflection of his level of play than his 14-12-3 record.
Last 7 Games
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