Sabres' Tyler Ennis: Promoted to top line

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.

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