NEW YORK — Buffalo Sabres center Alex Raimondo and defenseman Jack Johnson were both in New York today for their first NHL practice as they try to build on a promising season and a first goal.
Both players were recalled to Buffalo from the Sabres AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.
Both have scored goals for the Sabres.
Johnson, 22, is 6-2-0 with two goals and two assists in seven games this season.
Raimonde, 19, has seven points (four goals, four assists) in 22 games for Buffalo.
Both of their teams have a record of 14-11-2.
Raimondis goal was the first by an American in a Sabres playoff game since April 7, 2008.
The goal was Raimonda’s second of the season.
Johnson has six points (one goal, four points) in his last eight games with Buffalo.
He has seven goals and eight points in 18 games with the Sabres this season (1-7-8).
Johnson has played in 10 games with Rochester this season, recording two assists.
Bouchard, 21, has played four games with Minnesota this season and has three points (two goals, two assists).
He has four points (three goals, one assist) in seven career playoff games.
Bouchards goal was his first since April 15, 2016, when he scored his first NHL goal with Buffalo against Montreal.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan said he didn’t expect Johnson and Boughard to be in the lineup tonight.
“I’m just excited for them both to get out there tonight,” Nolan said.
The Sabres have a 12-11 record, including 11-6-1 in the postseason, and have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
They are 11-7 in the NHL this season with two shutouts.