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Sabres' Johan Larsson: Collects assist
Larsson picked up an assist in Friday's loss to Vancouver.
The assist brings Larsson up to eight points in 42 games, three of which have come in the last 10 contests. Larsson offers some category coverage with his 53 hits and 26 blocks, but only for the deepest of leagues.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Loses to Canucks
Ullmark allowed four goals on 23 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Canucks on Friday.
The Sabres' backup netminder has won plenty this season, but when he doesn't, he's not much use to fantasy owners. With Friday's performance, he dropped his save percentage to .914 and raised his GAA to 2.93. Despite those marks, Ullmark has a 10-4-3 record, but it's hard to foresee him maintaining that win percentage if his other numbers don't improve.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Good to go
Skinner (maintenance) took part in Friday's optional morning skate, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Skinner was given a maintenance day Thursday, but his presence on the ice Friday morning all but confirms he'll be in the lineup for the evening's matchup with Vancouver. The 26-year-old sniper will slot into his usual spot skating on the Sabres' first line and top power-play unit against the Canucks.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Starting in Vancouver
Ullmark will guard the goal in Friday's road game against the Canucks, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Ullmark was decent in his last start Wednesday against the Flames, turning aside 30 of 33 shots en route to a hard-fought overtime victory. The Swedish backstop will look to keep rolling and secure his 11th win of the season in a road matchup with a Canucks club that's averaging 3.09 goals per game at home this campaign, 17th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Taylor Leier: Traded to Buffalo
The Flyers traded Leier to the Sabres in exchange for Justin Bailey on Thursday.
This is nothing more than a swap of minor-league assets, as Leier and Bailey both have yet to appear in an NHL contest this campaign. The 24-year-old forward will undoubtedly report to his new club's AHL affiliate.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Absent from practice
Skinner (maintenance) was absent during Thursday's practice, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Skinner briefly exited Wednesday's game against Calgary but did return. His absence Thursday is being described as "maintenance" so there should be little to no concern about his availability for Friday. The Sabres would certainly miss Skinner's offense should he not be good to go, as his 30 goals lead the team in that department.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Nathan Beaulieu: Requests trade
Beaulieu has requested a trade out of Buffalo, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Beaulieu started the campaign as a regular in the Sabres' lineup, but he's seen his role diminish to the point where he's only played in three of Buffalo's past 14 games. The emergence of Lawrence Pilut has bumped Beaulieu down the depth chart, and he's hoping to get playing time elsewhere, rather than watching games from the press box.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jake McCabe: Scores goal in win
McCabe registered a goal in Wednesday's victory over Calgary.
McCabe has two goals in 12 games since returning from an upper-body injury. The defender has matched his career high with four tallies and will push for the 20-point mark for the second time in his career if he can stay healthy.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: OHL play remains exceptional
Luukkonen stopped all 23 shots he faced in OHL Sudbury's 5-0 win over North Bay on Wednesday.
Luukkonen's stellar 2018-19 campaign continues. The big goalkeeper is fresh off a brilliant performance in leading his native Finland to the gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and has played exceptionally well (22-5-1, 2.34 GAA, .925 save percentage) in what will be his only OHL season. Buffalo GM Jason Botterill stated just last week that Luukkonen will be turning pro in 2019-20 and he figures to get the majority of the starts for AHL Rochester next season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Overtime hero in Calgary
Eichel scored the deciding goal Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime win versus the Flames.
On top of scoring the game-winner, Eichel picked up an assist on Rasmus Dahlin's goal. The two points were Eichel's first in his last six appearances. Despite the recent cold stretch, the Sabres' captain now has 16 goals and 51 points in 44 games. More often than not, Eichel is going to find the scoresheet.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Holds on for OT win
Ullmark made 30 saves in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over Calgary.
Ullmark stood strong in what turned out to be a crazy third period against the Western Conference leaders. The game's final period featured four goals over a five-minute span, with both teams taking turns tying the game after falling behind. Ullmark, with the win, ended a two-game slide and now sports a 10-3-3 record with a 2.86 GAA and .917 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Nathan Beaulieu: Back to press box
Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game in Calgary, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Beaulieu played in Monday's game against the Oilers, where he had five shots on goal and saw 2:46 of power-play ice time. Prior to Monday's game, he was scratched in the previous five contests, and could be sitting out for another handful of games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Lawrence Pilut: Back in the lineup
Pilut will rejoin the Sabres lineup for Wednesday's game against Calgary, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Pilut was a healthy scratch for Monday's tilt with Edmonton, and as expected, he didn't sit out for long. Nathan Beaulieu comes out of the lineup for Pilut, who will look to build on his five points in 14 games he's posted this season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Starting in Calgary
Ullmark will guard the goal in Wednesday's road game against the Flames.
Ullmark has struggled recently, compiling an 0-2-0 record in his last three appearances while posting an ugly 3.53 GAA and .893 save percentage over that span. He'll look to get back on track in a tough road matchup with a red-hot Flames team that's won five consecutive contests.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt: Learning patience
In the midst of a season-long slump, Mittelstadt is learning the importance of patience, Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News reports.
Mittelstadt's rookie campaign hasn't gone the way he intended, with just 13 points in 46 games on the year. He was projected to be the Sabres' second-line center, but has been used on the third and even fourth line at times. Understanding that there are areas of his game to work on, which will take time, can only be positive for his development. Most notably is firing more shots, as he has a minus-65 shot attempt differential.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Yields two in relief
Ullmark allowed two goals on 13 shots in relief of Carter Hutton during Monday's loss to the Oilers.
Ullmark was lit up for five goals in his last start, and he was thrown to the wolves after Hutton couldn't contain the Oilers in this outing. Both Ullmark and Hutton have allowed five goals in each of their last starts for the slumping Sabres.... See More ... See Less