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Fri, Apr 29
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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
58-18-6 122
54-21-7 115
51-23-8 110
51-26-5 107
32-39-11 75
32-40-10 74
33-42-7 73
22-49-11 55

2021 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 6 8 -10 16:25 0

Top Will Butcher News

  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Gathers helper

    Butcher logged an assist in Monday's 6-5 win over the Blackhawks.

    Butcher has played in three of the Sabres' five games since he returned from a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old has a goal and an assist in that span, a rare stretch of scoring production from the struggling blueliner. He's at seven points, 34 shots on net, 30 blocked shots and a minus-10 rating in 34 contests, though his place in the lineup is far from secure. Butcher could slip back into a healthy scratch role once Colin Miller clears the COVID-19 protocols.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Suiting up Sunday

    Butcher (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play Sunday against Vancouver, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Miller will dress for the first time since Jan. 29 after missing the last 19 games with a lower-body issue. The 27-year-old has tallied five points with a minus-10 rating through 31 games this season. He'll skate in a bottom-pair role Sunday.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Deemed day-to-day

    Butcher (lower body) was labeled a day-to-day decision Tuesday.

    Butcher will be eligible to return whenever deemed healthy as his minimum timetable of absence due to his placement on injured reserve has already elapsed. The 27-year-old has averaged 16:49 of ice time and logged five points over 31 games this season.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Lands on IR

    Butcher (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

    Butcher has been sidelined for the last two games while dealing with a lower-body injury that he suffered in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Arizona. The 27-year-old has tallied two assists over his last five appearances. The minimum seven-day absence that comes with his injured reserve designation will not prevent him from participating in any contests thanks to the All-Star break. The next game on Buffalo's schedule is Feb. 10 against Columbus.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returns to Buffalo

    Butcher (lower body) has traveled back to Buffalo to undergo further evaluation by team doctors, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    As such, Butcher won't be available to play in Tuesday's road clash with the Golden Knights. Even before getting hurt, the 27-year-old Wisconsin native was struggling for regular minutes and has spent time in the press box periodically as a healthy scratch. Casey Fitzgerald should see additional opportunities in Butcher's absence.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Unavailable Sunday

    Butcher (lower body) will not play against Colorado on Sunday.

    Butcher was injured during Saturday's tilt with the Coyotes. At this point, it's unclear how severe his injury is. An update could be available before Tuesday's matchup with Vegas.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Suffers injury early

    Butcher (lower body) won't return to Saturday's game versus the Coyotes.

    Butcher was making his return from an upper-body injury, but he didn't get to play much. A collision with a Coyote led to Butcher having his left leg landed on, and the 27-year-old was unable to continue in the contest. The Sabres are already understaffed with another game Sunday in Colorado, but it seems unlikely Butcher will play in that contest.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: In line to return Saturday

    Butcher (upper body) is expected to play Saturday versus the Coyotes, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Butcher missed the last two contests with his upper-body injury. With the Sabres losing three players to COVID-19 protocols, Butcher will draw back into a lineup with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. He'll likely see limited usage akin to a third-pairing role.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Still out Tuesday

    Butcher (upper body) is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Senators.

    Butcher will miss a second game with the injury he sustained Thursday versus the Stars. The 27-year-old's next chance to return is Saturday against the Coyotes, giving him a couple of extra days to recover.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Sidelined with upper-body issue

    Butcher (upper body) won't play Saturday versus Philadelphia.

    Butcher will miss at least one contest with the upper-body injury he suffered during Thursday's loss to Dallas. The Sabres have yet to release an expected timetable for Butcher's return, so for now, he can be considered day-to-day.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Won't return to Thursday's game

    Butcher (upper body) won't return to Thursday's game versus the Stars.

    It's unclear how Butcher was hurt, but he only logged five shifts in the first period. The 27-year-old joins fellow Sabres defensemen Jacob Bryson (COVID-19 protocols) and Colin Miller (undisclosed) as potential absences for Saturday's game against the Flyers. If Butcher can't play, the Sabres may need to recall a blueliner from the taxi squad or AHL Rochester.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returns to practice

    Butcher (illness) was on the ice for Wednesday's game-day skate and figures to suit up versus the Devils, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.

    Butcher missed the team's last game before the Christmas break due to a non-COVID illness but appears set to return. With the Sabres missing Jacob Bryson (COVID-19 protocols) and potentially Colin Miller (undisclosed), the 26-year-old Butcher could see an uptick in his minutes against New Jersey.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Out with illness

    Butcher will not play Friday at Pittsburgh, as he is dealing with a non COVID-19-related illness, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    In Butcher's absence, Casey Fitzgerald will draw into the lineup against the Penguins. Butcher has just one point in his last 11 games and three in 22 overall this season, so his absence shouldn't have too many fantasy ripple effects.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Pots first goal of season

    Butcher scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals.

    The 26-year-old blueliner gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but the club couldn't make it stick. Butcher's tally was his first of the season, not surprising for a player who's never scored more than five goals in a campaign, and he has a disappointing three points through his first 20 games as a Sabre.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returning Friday

    Butcher (undisclosed) is expected to play Friday against visiting Edmonton.

    Butcher missed a single game (Monday at Washington) with the issue, but it appears it was minor. Christian Wolanin will come out of the lineup to accommodate Butcher's return.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Butcher -- who was sidelined against Washington on Monday with an undisclosed injury -- took part in Wednesday's practice session, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    Butcher has just two assists in 10 games for the Sabres this year, so few fantasy players are likely to be impacted by his potential absence. Even if the Wisconsin native does rejoin the lineup versus Edmonton on Friday, he figures to be a low-end fantasy target the rest of the way. In the meantime, Christian Wolanin figures to continue deputizing on the blue line.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Traded to Buffalo

    Butcher and a 2022 fifth-round pick were traded by the Devils to the Sabres in exchange for future considerations Wednesday.

    Butcher only appeared in 23 games with the Devils last season, picking up 11 points while averaging 19:02 of ice time per contest. He's making $3.73 million per year, and New Jersey needed to open up cap space to facilitate the signing of Dougie Hamilton, hence the lack of return for the Devils in this deal. Butcher will likely have a prominent role with Buffalo in 2021-22, but he may struggle to produce offensively on a rebuilding Sabres squad.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Averaging half a point per game

    Butcher dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Flyers.

    Butcher's been effective when in the lineup, totaling nine points in 18 games played this season. He's been a lineup mainstay down the stretch and could provide some under-the-radar production over the season's last few games.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Generates helper in loss

    Butcher registered a secondary assist in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

    Butcher has appeared in only 14 games this season, but the Wisconsin native has been mildly productive in limited action based on one goal and six assists over that span. While fantasy managers haven't seen a lot of Butcher this season, he's planted on New Jersey's top power-play unit and merits consideration in some of the deeper leagues.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Three-point period not enough

    Butcher dished out three assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Penguins.

    Butcher's three-point third period helped New Jersey turn a 6-0 deficit through two periods into a narrow 7-6 loss, but the Devils couldn't find the tying goal after pulling within one with 41 seconds remaining. The 26-year-old defenseman has often found himself in the press box due to his subpar play in his own zone, but Butcher has produced six points in 12 appearances this season. He had 44 points as a rookie in 2017-18, so Butcher would have some fantasy appeal if he could hold down a consistent spot in the lineup.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Sun Prairie, WI
Age: 27
Experience: 4
Shoots: Left