Houser was sent to AHL Rochester on Sunday, per CapFriendly. A brutal string of injuries to the Sabres' goaltending group forced Houser to start the final four games of the season. He did a respectable job, going 2-2-0 with a .901 save percentage and a 3.46 GAA. His only poor outing came May 6, when the Penguins hammered him for eight goals on 34 shots. The 28-year-old could compete for a spot on the NHL roster next season but will likely spend most of the season in the minors.
Houser made 22 saves in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Penguins. After coughing up eight goals to the Pens on Thursday, Houser was much sharper in the rematch but got no help from the rest of the Sabres. The 28-year-old rookie was pressed into duty for four games to close out the season with four other Buffalo goalies banged up, but Houser may have shown enough to earn a spot on an NHL depth chart next season.
Houser will get the starting nod against the Penguins on Saturday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports. With no real alternatives, Houser will be between the pipes for the season finale on Saturday despite having been shelled to the tune of eight goals on 34 shots in Thursday's blowout loss the Penguins. Unless Pittsburgh plans to rest some players, the 28-year-old rookie could be in for another rough outing Saturday.
Houser surrendered eight goals on 34 shots in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Penguins. The Sabres were competitive for a bit in the game, but Houser wasn't able to stop the Penguins offense. Interim head coach Don Granato left Houser in goal for the full game -- the alternative was giving the untested Stefanos Lekkas a turn in the crease. Houser has allowed 13 goals on 118 shots after Thursday's terrible outing, but he won his first two NHL starts. The 28-year-old will likely man the crease again in Saturday's season finale in Pittsburgh.
Houser will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game versus the Penguins, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Houser has been fantastic through his first two NHL starts, picking up back-to-back wins over the Islanders on Monday and Tuesday while posting an impressive .940 save percentage. He'll attempt to remain unbeaten in a rough road matchup with a Pittsburgh team that's 20-4-2 at home this year.
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