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David Legwand, # 17
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
534711-310
 
Brian Gionta, # 12
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
5371118-98
 
Josh Gorges, # 4
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
51279-550
 
Mike Weber, # 6
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
34145332
 
News
Weber scored his first goal of the season in a 7-4 loss to Florida on Tuesday.

It took 34 games, but Weber is finally on the board. The stay-at-home defenseman never scores, and interestingly enough has scored just one goal in each of his past four seasons, so if anything Weber's been a model of (mediocre) consistency. He has no value in fantasy leagues and it's likely the long-time Sabre will not be retained after the season.

Jamie McGinn, # 88
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
56121325-128
 
Matt Moulson, # 26
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
554913-16
 
Zach Bogosian, # 47
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
39189-2138
 
Marcus Foligno, # 82
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
496814-440
 
News
Foligno was terrific Friday, potting a pair of goals and chipping in a helper in a 6-4 win over Montreal. He also skated to a plus-2 and fired four shots on goal.

Foligno did it all in this one, with his most dramatic feat of the night coming on a game-winning penalty-shot goal late in the second period. The New York native dished out five hits in the contest, which makes his outing that much more impressive given his modest 12:43 of ice time. In 49 games this year, Foligno has six goals and eight assists.

Chad Johnson, # 31
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
3213-14-11.9162.50
 
News
Johnson allowed four goals on 30 shots but still came away with a 6-4 victory over the Canadiens on Friday.

After giving up three goals in the second period, Johnson cleaned up his act in the third, shutting the Habs out the rest of the way. The W snaps a three-game losing streak and brings Johnson's record to just a smidge under .500 (13-14-3) for the season, which isn't all that bad considering how inconsistent the Sabres have been this year. He remains the clear second option between the pipes in Buffalo behind Robin Lehner.

Ryan O'Reilly, # 90
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
56173047-188
 
News
O'Reilly collected two assists in Friday's 6-4 win over Montreal.

The pair of apples bring Buffalo's All-Star representative up to 30 on the season, giving him an impressive 47 points in 56 games. Other than a ghastly minus-18 rating, O'Reilly is having a fantastic debut season with the Sabres, as his current 69-point pace has him on track to eclipse his previous career high of 64.

Evander Kane, # 9
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
4615823-1367
 
News
Kane lit the lamp twice in Friday's 6-4 win over Montreal.

He also picked up five shots on goal, two PIM and four hits, making it an all-around productive night for the former Jet. Kane has been finding twine quite frequently of late (six goals in the last 10 games) but doesn't have any assists during that span. It's hard to believe he's got just 23 points in 46 games this year, but Kane's 67 PIM and 194 SOG make him plenty valuable even when he's not hitting the scoresheet. Just watch out for that ugly minus-13 rating.

Robin Lehner, # 40
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
92-4-10.9152.95
 
News
Lehner was battered for five goals on 28 shots Thursday in a 5-1 road loss to Philadelphia.

The Sabres carried the play in the first period of this one, outshooting Philly 14-6, but Steve Mason kept them off the board. That set things up for a big second-period Flyer surge, as Lehner was tagged for four goals in that frame; he can really only be blamed for one of those, which may be why coach Dan Bylsma didn't yank him for the second consecutive game. Indeed, between Tuesday and Thursday's brutal losses, Lehner has been ripped for nine goals in four periods. Before that, though, the Swede hadn't put up a save percentage lower than .900 in any of his first seven starts, so consider this a bump in the road -- Lehner should be able to continue putting up solid rate stats, though wins will still be tough to come by.

Mark Pysyk, # 3
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
29033-412
 
News
Pysyk will not dress Friday against the Habs, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.

Pysyk played a little over 14 minutes Thursday, and likely would've logged the least amount of ice time had Jake McCabe not been tossed from the game. After a 5-1 loss, head coach Dan Bylsma may just be wishing to change things up a little and give the Sabres a spark. Pysyk will sit in favor of Carlo Colaiacovo. Though Pysyk is not a fantasy-relevant commodity, he's a very good skater and passer and should be a top-six defenseman for the Sabres going forward.

Zemgus Girgensons, # 28
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
455611-310
 
Injuries
Lower Body - Out until at least Feb 14 (Updated - 2/10/16)
News
Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 reports.

Girgensons missed Tuesday's contest against the Panthers and was held out of practice a day later. A first-round (14th overall) draft choice in 2012, Girgensons has made his way into 45 of 54 games played by the Sabres this season, having been limited by undisclosed issues on top of upper and lower-body ailments. The Latvian Locomotive has produced 11 points in 45 games this season with injuries seemingly slowing his development as a second-year center that's been touted for his two-way talents.

Jake McCabe, # 29
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
513710-733
 
News
McCabe was handed a game misconduct Thursday against the Flyers, ending his night prematurely.

Though he got kicked out of the game, McCabe played the hero, jumping Radko Gudas in a fight after teammate Dan Catenacci received a hit to the head. McCabe was assessed an instigator minor, fighting major and game misconduct for a total of 17 penalty minutes. He played 12:39 and scored an assist up to that point before leaving at 16:27 of the third period. McCabe will not be subject to further discipline and will likely dress for the Sabres' next game. The promising rookie defenseman has 10 points in 50 games this season and could be a good sleeper pick for fantasy owners next season.

Johan Larsson, # 22
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
50246-617
 
Injuries
Undisclosed - Day-To-Day (Updated - 2/12/16)
News
Larsson (undisclosed) will miss out again on Friday's game against the Canadiens, Joe Yerdon of NHL.com reports.

While Larsson remains day-to-day with the issue, he can now safely be avoided (though that can be said generally when he plays as well) in fantasy lineups. The Sabres recalled Joe Vatrone on Friday, so expect him to draw into the lineup with only 12 healthy forwards on the roster. Larsson's next chance to return now comes Sunday when they face the Avalanche.

Rasmus Ristolainen, # 55
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
5682533-1616
 
Justin Bailey, # 56
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
2000-22
 
News
Bailey registered seven shots on goal Thursday, becoming the first Sabre to do so since Alexander Mogilny.

Mogilny set the record in 1989, a span of 28 years, but unlike Mogilny, Bailey failed to score a goal in his NHL debut. A second-round pick in 2013, Bailey is a budding power forward with athletic bloodlines; his father, Carlton Bailey, is a former NFL linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. Although his debut was very promising, Bailey is not expected to stick with the Sabres once they get healthy, but with more performances like that, it's entirely possible the Sabres will keep him around for an extended audition for next year. Once he establishes himself in the NHL, he could form a physically dominant duo with Evander Kane.

Sam Reinhart, # 23
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
5316824-68
 
News
Reinhart scored two goals in a 7-4 loss to Florida on Tuesday.

Reinhart scored his 15th and 16th goals of the year and is now on a hot streak with four goals in his past three games. He finished the night with a minus-3 rating, but Reinhart has gotten better over the course of the season and is setting himself up to be a big difference maker for the Sabres next year. Not the most talented or strongest, Reinhart makes the game easier for himself with his high hockey IQ.

Jack Eichel, # 15
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
56162137-1610
 
News
Eichel will dress against Philadelphia after missing Wednesday's practice, reports The Buffalo News.

Buffalo's rookie star took Wednesday off to heal up some bumps and bruises after taking a shot off the leg Tuesday against Florida. The Sabres are mired in a three-game losing streak and Eichel is minus-5 with just one assist in those three games, bringing his season total to 36 points in 54 games and a minus-15 rating. The Flyers will also enter Thursday's game with a three-game losing streak of their own and both teams will want to come out with all cylinders firing. Eichel has one goal in two career games against them.