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Brian Gionta, # 12
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
74141832-822
 
Josh Gorges, # 4
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
58145-345
 
Matt Moulson, # 26
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
74141529-18
 
Zach Bogosian, # 47
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
48178-1944
 
News
Bogosian was a workhorse in Wednesday's loss against Pittsburgh, logging 33:29 after Rasmus Ristolainen was ejected in the first period.

Should Ristolainen face supplemental discipline, we now know who head coach Dan Bylsma will lean on. Josh Gorges and Jake McCabe both skated over 20 minutes, but also around 10 minutes less than Bogosian, who finished with two hits and five blocked shots. The oft-injured defenseman has appeared in just 48 games this season, scoring eight points with a minus-19 rating, providing minimal fantasy value. With the Sabres often going with a four-forward power play, Bogosian has also ceded much of his power play time to Ristolainen, and as a result is averaging just seven seconds of power play time this season -- the first time it's below one minute in his career.

Tyler Ennis, # 63
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
434610-68
 
News
Ennis will skate alongside center Jack Eichel and left winger Ryan O'Reilly on Monday against Detroit, The Buffalo News reports.

Moving Ennis up the depth chart seems to be head coach Dan Bylsma's last resort to spark a Buffalo offense that has scored just two goals in regulation time over its past three games. Ennis has spent most of the year on the team's fourth line, quietly waiting for his opportunity even though he admits he's struggling in a checking role. With nine points in 41 games in his eighth season in Buffalo, Ennis' future with the team is murky. At 27 years old, he's in his prime, but injuries over the past two seasons have really hurt his development and production. He has a good matchup against a team that doesn't defend very well, but also keep in mind that the Sabres have four defensemen out with injuries, meaning the top line will have to take care of its own zone first, which may hurt the trio's offensive opportunities.

Marcus Foligno, # 82
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
74121022-469
 
Ryan O'Reilly, # 90
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
64173148-110
 
Evander Kane, # 9
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
62251439-1697
 
Robin Lehner, # 40
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
5320-23-42.9212.65
 
News
Lehner stopped 31 of 34 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

After Sidney Crosby broke a scoreless tie against him with nine seconds left in the first period, the Swedish netminder shut the Penguins down until late in the third, when he allowed two goals in a span of two minutes. This is pretty typical stuff for Lehner, who regularly faces a ton of shots and only sporadically receives sufficient support from his offense. He's just 2-5-1 in his last eight games despite posting a .923 save percentage in that span.

Anders Nilsson, # 31
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
2410-9-21.9202.76
 
Zemgus Girgensons, # 28
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
676814-814
 
Jake McCabe, # 29
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
6931619-426
 
Rasmus Ristolainen, # 55
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
7453944-944
 
News
Ristolainen is scheduled to have a hearing with the league Thursday for his questionable hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel on Tuesday, per the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Reactions to Ristolainen's ejection were mixed following the game, with some insisting the blueliner was already in the process of completing the check while others went as far to call it a dirty play. The 22-year-old is not a repeat offender; however, Guentzel did suffer a concussion, both of which will factor into the Department of Player Safety's decision.

Brady Austin, # 67
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
2000-12
 
News
Austin was scoreless with three shots on goal while posting a hit and a minor penalty in Monday's 2-1 win against the Red Wings.

Austin logged 15:37 of ice time, as injuries opened up quite a bit of playing time in his NHL debut. He managed just nine points over 36 games for AHL Rochester, so even if he sticks around do not expect much production at the offensive end.

Justin Bailey, # 56
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
3222404
 
News
The Sabres assigned Bailey, Brady Austin and Casey Nelson to AHL Rochester on Wednesday.

The Sabres are currently dealing with a ton of injuries at defense and at forward, but this move suggests they may have three or four of those banged-up players back in the lineup for Saturday's meeting with the Maple Leafs. Bailey, Austin and Nelson will likely remain in the minors for the rest of the season unless the big club is once again in need of reinforcements due to injury.

Sam Reinhart, # 23
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72172744-98
 
News
Reinhart's 17th of the season was Buffalo's lone tally in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

He also finished with four shots on goal and a blocked shot, but played just 13:39, well below his season average for the third straight game. With 44 points in 72 games, including 17 on the power play, Reinhart has already reached a career high, but he didn't take a big leap forward and continues to be deployed as a center and a winger as the Sabres figure out how to best deploy him over the long term. His inconsistent production makes him an unreliable fantasy option, but he's still regarded as one of the league's top young players.

Jack Eichel, # 15
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
53212950-914
 
News
Eichel posted a power-play goal in Monday's 2-1 win against the Red Wings.

Eichel has picked up the pace, scoring seven goals with 13 points in 10 games in the month of March after lighting the lamp just twice in 14 contests in February.

Evan Rodrigues, # 71
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
22325-12
 
Hudson Fasching, # 52
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
10011-12
 
News
Fasching's assist on Sam Reinhart's goal Wednesday against Pittsburgh was his first point of the season.

Fasching's nifty assist came just two minutes into the third period, picking off a puck knocked down by Marcus Foligno and hitting a streaking Reinhart with a soft backhand pass. A budding power forward, Fasching's season has been particularly frustrating due to a nagging groin injury, and has appeared in just 10 games with the Sabres. The team has been hit with a slew of injuries, which has allowed Fasching to see some NHL action, but will likely start the season in the AHL again next season.

Casey Nelson, # 34
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
11000-34
 
News
Nelson was scoreless with a shot on goal in 14:20 of ice time in Monday's 2-1 win against the Red Wings.

Nelson was seeing his first action with the big club since Jan. 21, as team scratched four defensemen due to injuries. He is scoreless with a minus-4 rating in 10 games with the big club this season, so he offers very little in the way of fantasy appeal.