Eichel's power-play goal got his team back in the game, and he contributed the secondary assist on Jeff Skinner's winning goal in a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday. Eichel continues to be a scoring machine, and Tuesday was a nice bonus for his owners as both of his points came on the power play. At ninth in the league in points, Eichel is as close as it gets to a sure thing in fantasy.
Eichel scored both Sabres goals in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Flyers. He lit the lamp twice in just over 12 minutes to begin the game, but unfortunately nobody else in a Buffalo uniform stepped up to support him. Eichel has four goals in his last two games and seven multi-point performances in his last 11, giving the burgeoning superstar a stellar nine goals and 36 points through 30 games.
Eichel scored two goals and fired eight shots on net in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs. Eichel was buzzing all game. The Sabres entered the third period with a one-goal deficit, but Eichel tickled twine off a one-timer just 2:39 into the frame to tie it up. Later in the period, he pounced on a loose puck, skated into the slot and fired a deceptive wrister past Frederick Andersen to take the lead. Unfortunately, the Maple Leafs tied it up and won in overtime, but Eichel broke his goal drought and now has seven goals and 34 points in 29 games.
Eichel has just five goals through 27 games this season. Eichel is posting a 4.6 shooting percentage, well below his career average of 9.3 percent. This could make him a good buy-low option, seeing that he's bound to score more and get closer to his career shooting average. Despite that, he has an impressive 27 assists, 20 of which are even-strength helpers. It took him 67 games to reach 20 even-strength assists last season.
Eichel picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Panthers. The Sabres' top line of Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner accounted for essentially all the team's offense on the night, with goalie Linus Ullmark being the only other Buffalo player to pick up a point. Eichel finished November with only one goal but a whopping 19 assists in 15 games, and if he can avoid the injuries that cut short his prior two campaigns, he seems ready to join the ranks of the NHL's elite offensive dynamos.
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