After Tuesday’s loss, the easy decision would have been to swap struggling defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti out of the lineup for Jamie McBain, a healthy scratch in the Hurricanes’ first two games. No one would have raised an eyebrow.
Instead, veteran Joe Corvo was a healthy scratch Thursday against the Sabres and Sanguinetti stayed in. It was a curious, but thoughtful, decision on Muller’s part, sending a message of accountability to the veterans while bolstering Sanguinetti’s wounded confidence.
McBain played well. Sanguinetti played well. And the Hurricanes produced their best defensive performance of the season in the 6-3 win over Buffalo.