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The bad news is that the Sabres haven't been able to deliver on the preseason optimism for this team. The good news is, since returning from injury, Robin Lehner has a .943 save percentage through six appearances.
The Sabres' playoff prospects are not good, but rookie Jack Eichel is going to make the remainder of the season bearable thanks to his improved play. The rookie has been surging with seven points in his last five games.
Patience is going to have to be a word Sabres fans get used to for a little while longer. This season is one step in the process. They should be better than they have been this year, but you can see signs of this team's brighter days ahead.
Buffalo has enjoyed impressive back-to-back wins and now has Robin Lehner back in the lineup. The goaltender has been out since being injured in the first game of the year. Additionally, rookie Jack Eichel has 15 points over his last 14 games.
With losses in seven of their last nine, Sabres fans might be having flashbacks with how few goals this team has been able to score of late. They're now second to last in the Eastern Conference.
The Sabres are on a four-game skid and have lost six of their last eight. Despite that, rookie Jack Eichel is heating up big time with 11 points in his last seven games. That's one big positive to take out of a rough stretch.
A stunning comeback win over the Boston Bruins was important for the team's confidence, but especially important for rookie Jack Eichel. He had four points in his hometown, which helped vault him into fourth in rookie scoring.
If the Sabres could figure out how to score, they'd probably be in a lot better shape this season. They're averaging a mere 2.29 goals for per game, which won't cut it. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, however, has been incredible this year with 24 points.
Having dropped three of their last four games, the Sabres continue to show there's a lot more for this team to learn. There could be some hard lessons to learn yet with an exceptionally challenging December schedule.
The Sabres broke their five-game skid with back-to-back convincing wins. They still need to get more from their offense, but at least Buffalo isn't bleeding goals the way it did last season.
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BREAKING: Jack Eichel can play. The rookie sensation is delivering early, but an injury to starting goalie Robin Lehner is cause for concern. This is not the Sabres of the last two years, but they'll still have some ups and downs like they've had through three games.
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