Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Justin Bailey has been called up from Rochester to replace the injured Will Carrier. Carrier has been playing with a sore hand and re-injured it during a fight with Adam McQuad. Carrier does not have a broken hand and there’s no time-table for his return.
Bailey was part of the first cuts coming out of training camp and was swapped out for Carrier after being called up for two games earlier this season. Bailey practiced on Friday with Derek Grant and Nick Deslauriers. Dan Bylsma gave Carrier opportunity with Ryan O’Reilly and he said Bailey has a chance to earn opportunities for more ice-time, “I think he so, I think with Justin if you go back to his game against Philly last year, you see what type of player he can be and where he can add his speed, even today in our 5-on-5 portion of our drills, the speed he’s attacking the defensemen with, that’s where he’s got to be effective for us and that could be on any line and that’s something he has to earn with his play.”
You always wonder how a young player will react when things don’t go well for him. Bailey said this season has definitely been a learning experience, “Both of those were disappointments, but I’ve been itching to get back up here and for me, every time I come up here I want to stay as long as I can, I want to do better all the things that got me sent down last time and show them that I’ve improved.”
Anytime a player gets sent down, he’ll get instructions from Dan Bylsma and Tim Murray about what they have to work on. Bailey said, “I think just my details, everyone knows I’m fast, everyone knows I’m big and everyone knows I can score goals, so I think that needs to translate here, but from the top down, being more detailed whether it’s in practice or in the game.”
Bailey has 13 goals and 22 points in 31 games with Rochester. Bailey is on a five game point string scoring five goals and seven points.
Bailey has gotten to see the opportunities Carrier has earned since coming up and the winger knows that can happen to him too, “I think there’s a lot of opportunity to be had, so for me whatever my role is, it’s going to be different than in Rochester, so I need to adjust to that and simplify my game and do those little things well to keep myself up here.”
Dmitry Kulikov is still day-to-day and will not make the trip to Boston. That means Justin Falk remains in the lineup.
The Sabres practiced Friday at HarborCenter and then flew to Boston.