Eichel scored twice -- once on the power play -- and fired four shots on goal in Monday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. Eichel has now tallied three goals and one assist through the first three games, helping lead the Sabres to a 2-1-0 start. The fourth-year pro was near a point per game last year, and with better teammates surrounding him, that's a solid benchmark this season as well.
Eichel will be playing against his former coach in Saturday's game versus the Rangers, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. Eichel played under Rangers coach David Quinn for one year at Boston University. Eichel considers Quinn a friend and mentor, but he will be looking to prevent Quinn from getting his first career NHL win. This might provide a spark in Eichel, who needs one after Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Bruins.
Eichel, who missed some brief time last week with an undisclosed issue, returned to practice Sunday, Amy Moritz of The Buffalo News reports. Buffalo's leading forward will be fine to start the regular season, where he's currently slotted to start the campaign on the top line with Sam Reinhart and new sniper Jeff Skinner.
Eichel -- who didn't join the team for Thursday's practice session -- is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. Coach Phil Housley described the injury as minor, so it seems unlikely Eichel will miss Opening Night against the Bruins on Oct. 4 -- even if he is held out of the preseason finale versus the Islanders on Friday. The center will get a boost on his wing in the form of Jeff Skinner, which could set him up for another 60-plus point campaign.
Eichel tallied two assists in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. Eichel is poised for a huge season, that is if the Sabres' supporting cast can provide him with more help than they have thus far. And if he can stay healthy. Eichel has played just 61 and 67 games, respectively in the last two seasons.
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