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Sabres' Casey Nelson: Still not skating
Nelson (upper body) has yet to begin skating, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Nelson has missed Buffalo's past two contests, and it appears he will miss some more time. Nelson has played in 22 games and collected five points. Even when he returns, he's the sixth defenseman at best, where he will rotate in and out of the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Marco Scandella: Nearing a return
Scandella (upper body) could be in the lineup for Saturday's game with Washington.
Scandella has missed the past seven games with his upper-body injury. A lock on the penalty kill, the Sabres went from an 81.5 percent to a 78.3 percent penalty kill in his absence. Buffalo also has a game this Sunday versus the Bruins, so Scandella's return might be held off until then.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin: Power-play time aplenty
Dahlin had eights shots on goal and 10:04 on the power play in Tuesday's win over the Kings.
Getting over 10 minutes of power-play time doesn't happen every day, but Dahlin wasn't able to take advantage of the opportunity. He's getting chances, noted by his eight shots on target, but is snakebitten right now. He won the rookie of the month award for November, but has gone pointless in his past six contests, five of them Buffalo losses. Being new to the NHL comes with its ups and downs, and Dahlin likely won't go pointless for many more games should he continue to see quality power-play minutes.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Sets up two PP goals
Ristolainen had the primary assist on Jack Eichel's and Jeff Skinner's power-play goals in a 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Assists are the reason to have Ristolainen in your lineup, and he continues to produce at a high level in that category, recording five in his past three games. The points on the power play are a nice addition, and owners have to be happy with the effort he's given them this year.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Struggles continue despite win
Ullmark stopped 26 of 29 shots Tuesday, escaping with a 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles.
This was the opponent Ullmark needed, but he still wasn't all that sharp, needing the Sabres' offense to bail him out. With Carter Hutton coming back and Ullmark not playing particularly well, it seems the Swede will be ceding the net in most of the upcoming games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Scores two power-play points
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.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt: Stuck in rut
Mittelstadt has just one point in his past seven games.
Mittelstadt continues to fall short of expectations, having only nine points in 30 games. He's the second-line center for both even strength and on the power play, the latter being where nearly half of his points have been generated (four). He has the talent to make some magic in the offensive zone, but it's unlikely he'll be a candidate for the Calder Trophy this year.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Kyle Okposo: In scoring drought
Okposo will look to snap his scoring drought during Tuesday's game with the Kings.
Okposo has been held pointless in his past five outings, and hasn't found the back of the net in his last dozen contests. His 15 points in 30 games isn't a poor showing on his part, as he's still on pace for 41 points. However, that would be a slight dip from his past contributions with Buffalo (45 and 44 points, respectively), but if he can chip in a little more, he could have his best season yet with the Swords.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Patrik Berglund: Unavailable against Kings
Berglund is under the weather and won't suit up versus Los Angeles on Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Berglund is pointless in his previous 10 outings while averaging 12:59 of ice time. The center's absence from the scoresheet could cause him to miss the 20-point mark for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign, when he was limited to just 42 games due to injury. In the 30-year-old's stead, Zemgus Girgenson will slot into a fourth-line role.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Marco Scandella: Takes ice
Scandella (upper body) is progressing well and has taken the ice recently, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Scandella has been sidelined since Nov. 24 due to an upper-body injury. While he's making some progress on that front, there's still no clear-cut timetable for his return. The blueliner's next step in the recovery process would be a return to practice before his activation from injured reserve would be in consideration.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Matt Hunwick: Sent out on conditioning stint
The Sabres on Tuesday moved Hunwick (neck) to AHL Rochester, where he will play at least a game or two for conditioning purposes, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Hunwick is still awaiting his 2018 Sabres debut, with the light now appearing at the end of the tunnel. While he was initially expected to be sidelined through the Christmas break, the blueliner has seemingly fast-tracked his timetable for return and could be slated for NHL action within the next week or two. Even when healthy, the veteran defenseman isn't guaranteed to see consistent ice time.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Gets starting nod
Ullmark will patrol the crease in Tuesday's home game against the Kings, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Ullmark has struggled recently, suffering back-to-back losses to the Maple Leafs and Flyers while posting an ugly 4.80 GAA and .859 save percentage over that span. The 25-year-old netminder will look to get back on track and pick up his sixth victory of the season in a home matchup with a Kings club that's 4-9-0 on the road this year.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Carter Hutton: Ready to return
Hutton (upper body) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Kings, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
The Sabres have yet to name a starter for Tuesday's contest, but Hutton will at least be able to serve as the team's backup if coach Phil Housley decides to roll with Linus Ullmark against LA. If that ends up being the case, Hutton will almost certainly get the starting nod for Thursday's matchup with Arizona.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Scott Wedgewood: Moved back to AHL
The Sabres sent Wedgewood back to AHL Rochester on Tuesday, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Wedgewood joined the Sabres as an insurance policy last Friday with Carter Hutton (upper body) unavailable for Saturday's contest against the Flyers. With Hutton presumably healthy enough to at least serve as the backup, Wedgewood will retake his place among the minor-league ranks, where he owns a .907 save percentage and a 2.91 GAA over 14 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Carter Hutton: Progressing toward playing Tuesday
Hutton (upper body), asked about whether or not he'll be able to play Tuesday against the Kings, said, "The skate went well. For now we'll go with that," John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Earlier in the day, Hutton was a full participant in practice, even taking shots in net. It seems like he has a good chance to play, which would make fantasy owners happy. The Kings have scored the fewest goals per game in the NHL, and they will also be on the road for the second game of a back-to-back Tuesday night. If Hutton can't go, expect Linus Ullmark in net.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Scoring binge continues
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.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Ullmark: Buckles in third period
Ullmark stopped 35 of 41 shots in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Flyers.
Jack Eichel staked him to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Ullmark couldn't make it hold up and Philly finally broke the game open with four goals in the third. The 25-year-old netminder has been seeing plenty of rubber lately behind a fairly young Buffalo defense -- he's faced at least 30 shots in six straight games and more than 40 in two of his last three, posting a .901 save percentage over that stretch. Carter Hutton is currently nursing an upper-body injury, but with the Sabres getting a few days off until they next take the ice Tuesday against the Kings, the club may not have to lean on Ullmark too heavily.... See More ... See Less