Skinner has started the season on Buffalo's fourth line.
Skinner played 14:25 and 14:28 in his first two contests. He was held off the scoresheet, taking four shots on net. He's on the second power play unit, but managers who drafted Skinner were hoping he'd rediscover his chemistry with Eric Staal. It's still early, but Skinner will need to work his way back into the top six for him to have fantasy appeal.
Skinner managed just 14 goals in 59 games prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
Just a season removed from his impressive career-best 40-goal showing, Skinner has struggled mightily to light the lamp in his 10th year in the league. His 7.7 shooting percentage, nine assists and 23 total points are all personal worsts. Somewhat shocking is the fact that Skinner hasn't found twine at all on the power play this year, where he's received ample time (2:29 per game, on average). Also, it's worth mentioning that the 27-year-old missed 10 games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 18 with an upper-body injury and only managed three goals and a lone assist in the 20 games since, so perhaps he hasn't been fully healthy. Regardless, until Skinner shows he's regained his scoring touch, owners should try to forget about the 40 goals he piled up last year.
Skinner scored his 14th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Skinner scored for the third time in five games, but he's been largely ineffective since returning from injury with just four points across 16 appearances. After Buffalo went up 2-0 on Skinner's 14th of the year, the visitors conceded five unanswered goals to Arizona and took their 28th regulation loss of the season.
Skinner netted a goal on a game-high eight shots in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Skinner tallied at 19:48 of the third period, which did nothing to change the result. The 27-year-old winger has just 22 points to go with 165 shots and a minus-15 rating in 54 contests this year. His 63-point output in his first year with the Sabres seems like a distant memory now, with Skinner typically used in a third-lone role.
Skinner ended his goal drought by finding the back of the net in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.
Skinner had gone 22 consecutive games without a goal. For someone who scored 40 goals last year, his production has completely fallen off in 2019-20. Skinner has 12 goals and 21 points through 51 games. Perhaps ending his drought will help him regain his prior form, where he can chip in a few more goals.
Skinner didn't register a point while putting two shots on goal over 14:27 of ice time Sunday in the Sabres' 3-2 loss to the Ducks.
After failing to find the net again, Skinner is now riding an 18-game goalless streak, which matches the longest of his career. The winger sports a minus-19 rating and has only chipped in two assists during that stretch, rendering him a major disappointment coming off a 63-point effort in his first season in Buffalo.
Skinner (upper body) will be activated from IR and play in Tuesday's home game versus the Senators.
Skinner has missed the last 10 games, and he'll return to the top six with power-play duties Tuesday. The 27-year-old has faced major regression this season, as he's posted 11 goals and eight points over 39 games after racking up 40 goals in the 2018-19 campaign. Skinner will need to get back on track if the Sabres want to claw their way into a playoff spot.
Skinner (upper body) was designated as day-to-day Sunday.
Skinner has been skating on his own since before the All-Star break and this news comes as another positive sign in recovery. The 27-year-old originally was diagnosed with a 3-to-4 week timeline for a return when he suffered the upper-body injury Dec. 27 and appears still on track. Skinner still resides on injured reserve, so he'll need to be activated ahead of a possible return in Tuesday's game against Ottawa.
Skinner (upper body) has been skating on his own, and coach Ralph Krueger said he could still return after the All-Star break, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Krueger expressed that there's no guarantee the 27-year-old will be ready after the break, but Skinner's at least making solid progress. Skinner was having a down year before his injury, as he's accrued just 11 goals and eight assists through 39 games. Jimmy Vesey and Zemgus Girgensons are both filling into the top six for the time being.
Skinner (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, per the NHL's official media site.
Skinner likely won't return until after the All-Star break, so this move was expected. It has been a down year for Skinner, as he's scored 11 goals and eight assists through 39 games -- a major downgrade from last year's 40-goal campaign. He's still shooting with similar volume (3.28 shots per game), but he's converting on just 8.6 percent of attempts compared to last year's remarkable 14.9-percent mark. While he's on the mend, Zemgus Girgensons is in line to get the first chance in the top six.
Skinner (upper body) has been ruled out for 3-to-4 weeks after sustaining an injury in Friday's loss to the Bruins.
Coming off a 40-goal campaign, Skinner's having a disappointing year with just 11 goals and eight assists through 39 contests. The 27-year-old winger's timeline would have him returning right before the All-Star break, so it's estimated his first chance to get back into the mix is Jan. 28 against the Senators. The Sabres will need to recall additional forwards for Sunday's game against the Bruins.
Skinner left Friday's game against the Bruins with an upper-body injury, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Skinner went down near the bench in the third period and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return. More information about the 27-year-old's condition is expected to be released prior to Sunday's rematch in Boston.
Skinner has been held off the scoresheet for five consecutive games
Skinner has just 11 goals and 18 points through 35 contests -- a far cry from the 40-goal, 63-point campaign he posted a year ago. A big factor has been his usage. He's not playing on Eichel's line, as Victor Olofsson has taken the first line left wing duties. Skinner's ice time is dwindling, going as low as 11:29. He's also been moved off the top power-play unit. Don't expect him to pick up the pace until his usage changes.
Skinner had a goal and an assist while logging a game-high seven shots in Monday's 7-1 win over the Devils.
Skinner potted his 11th goal of the season five minutes into the game. then set up a Conor Sheary goal almost exactly two minutes later. The 27-year-old isn't producing at his 40-goal rate from a year ago, but he's still on track to score another 25-30 goals in 2019-20.
Skinner tickled twine once during Sunday's 5-2 win over Florida.
Skinner continues to chase his second 40-goal campaign but is well behind the pace through 23 games. He's lit the lamp nine times this season and has 14 points total, but Skinner will need to be better moving forward if the Sabres hope to turn things around in 2019-20. The win over the Panthers was Buffalo's second win in its last 12 games.
Skinner tallied an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Three points in two games for Skinner is a good bounce back after he put up four pointless outings in a row. The Sabres' forward, in 19 games this season, has 13 points and is coming off the first 40-goal campaign of his NHL career.
Skinner stuffed the stat sheet with a goal, an assist, six shots and a plus-4 rating in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to Carolina.
Skinner was by far Buffalo's best player in this one. He opened the scoring and was on the ice for all four of his team's goals and none of the goals against. With eight goals through 18 games, Skinner's on pace to pot 36 after scoring a career-high 40 last season.
Skinner scored a goal on three shots and added an assist in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Coyotes.
Skinner picked up both of his points in the first period to help stake the Sabres to a 2-0 lead. The goal was his seventh of the season, tying him with Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson for the team lead. The 27-year-old scored a career-high 40 goals in 82 games last year in his debut season with Buffalo and is on a similar pace again to start 2019-20.
Skinner scored a goal on nine shots in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Skinner's shooting has been feast or famine in California, as he sandwiched a no-shot effort versus the Kings with a pair of nine-shot outings against the Ducks and Sharks. The trigger-happy winger has five goals and seven points in nine games, to go with a league-leading 44 shots on goal. The high volume of attempts alone will result in lofty offensive stats for the 27-year-old, who sits at seven points through the team's first nine games.
Skinner posted an assist and a game-high nine shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Skinner will be seeing John Gibson in his nightmares for a while after coming up empty on those nine shots. The winger has produced six points and 35 shots through seven games. He's never put fewer than 210 pucks on goal in a non-lockout-shortened campaign, and those chances typically yield good point production for the 27-year-old.
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