Zach Bogosian finally scored his first goal in a Buffalo sweater during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings.
The gritty blueliner hasn't produced much offense since coming to the Buffalo Sabres via trade last season, with just nine points in 29 games. As a former No. 3 overall pick and a guy who once hit 30 points in only 65 games on the blue line, Bogosian's upside seems much higher than what he's shown with Buffalo so far, but it's been a long time since he provided much in the way of fantasy-relevant stats. Of course, a lower-body injury derailed him early this year, so it's not inconceivable that he might round into finer form as the season goes on.
It was just his second point in 25 games this year, highlighting just how useless Miller is in the vast majority of fantasy formats. His grinding on the Wings' depth lines is appreciated in Detroit, but his best fantasy category is hits, and he doesn't exactly pile those up.
Rasmus Ristolainen dished out three assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's shootout loss to Detroit.
Can't pin this one on the outstanding young blueliner, who continues to make impressive progress offensively. The goals have been missing in action lately -- he hasn't found twine since scoring thrice in two games Nov. 7 and 10 -- but Ristolainen has been piling up assists with alacrity.
Gustav Nyquist picked up a pair of helpers -- one on the power play -- and went plus-1 with two penalty minutes in Tuesday's shootout win over Buffalo.
That's a pair of two-point efforts in the last three games for Nyquist, who's been a bit off the pace we expected from him up until now. But hey, his tripping penalty in overtime was more rewarding for fantasy owners than for the Wings, who had to kill two minutes in a 4-on-3 situation. The Swede still has the upside to exceed last year's 54 points and could represent an opportune buy-low situation.
Justin Abdelkader put up a raft of fantasy stats Tuesday against Buffalo, scoring two goals -- one on the power play -- and adding an assist, a plus-1 rating and seven penalty minutes.
His production's been inconsistent since he opened the season with five points in two games, as even Tuesday's big effort has Abdelkader at just 10 points in 23 contests following that hot start. He'd missed the scoresheet in three straight prior to this bust-out, and Abdelkader's minutes have been falling accordingly -- even Tuesday, he skated only 14:23, the third time in the last five games that he's finished under 15 minutes. That's a big step down for a guy who came into this game averaging 17:43 of ice time.