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Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Catalyst for Sabres
Ristolainen has been playing well despite the minus rating, Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News reports.
Ristolainen has been Buffalo's No. 1 defenseman, and anchors the top power-play unit. His minus-11 rating may be viewed as cause for concern, and while there's room for improvement, he's not to blame for every goal allowed when he's on the ice. He's been taking more chances offensively, which has resulted in nine points through 18 games thus far. The team is having its most successful season in recent memory, and Ristolainen has played a key role in Buffalo's climb out of the basement.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Picks up goal
Okposo scored the game-winning goal over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Okposo has quietly been productive so far this season. He has 10 points in 18 games, despite being juggled between the second and third line. He plays on the top power-play unit, which is where four of his 10 points were generated. He may not be the 60-point player he once was, but he put up 45 and 44 points during his first two seasons in Buffalo, and is on a similar pace for this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Patrik Berglund: Healthy scratched
Berglund sat in the press box during Tuesday's contest against Tampa Bay.
This is the second time Berglund has been a healthy scratch for the Sabres. He's had a rough start in Buffalo, posting just four points in 16 games. He started out as the No. 2 center, but quickly got relegated to fourth-line duties. Berglund scored 17 goals in 57 games last year for St. Louis, a pace of 24 goals in a full season. He'll have his work cut out for him if he's to come anywhere near that total this time around.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Goals in three straight
Skinner scored a goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Skinner buried his 13th goal of the season Tuesday, on a scramble in front of the net following a blocked shot. The 26-year-old has scored 12 goals in his last 11 contests, more than a goal per, and now has 20 points in 18 games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Nathan Beaulieu: Pair of assists in win
Beaulieu recorded two assists in a 2-1 win over the Lightning on Tuesday.
In both cases, Beaulieu tallied secondary assists and now has four points on the season. The Sabres' blueliner logged a team-low 9:36 of ice time Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Carter Hutton: Shines in home win
Hutton stopped 29 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Lightning.
Hutton was magnificent Tuesday, turning away Steven Stamkos five separate times on his way to a third consecutive victory. Meanwhile, the netminder's record moves to 7-6-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .916 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Carter Hutton: Taking on Tampa Bay
Hutton will guard the cage in Tuesday's home game against the Lightning, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Hutton was solid in his last start Saturday against the Canucks, turning aside 36 of 39 shots en route to a 4-3 shootout victory. The 32-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and pick up a third consecutive win in a tough home matchup with a Lightning team that's 5-1-1 on the road this season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Tage Thompson: Released from press box
Thompson got into the lineup for Saturday's win over the Canucks.
Thompson had been a healthy scratch in the previous four games, and has only played in 10 contests thus far. He was the odd man out when Johan Larsson returned from injury, and has had a tough time staying in the lineup since. Thompson played less than 10 minutes in his last two games, and will need to quickly show he deserves playing time, otherwise it could be back to the press box for him.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Sent to press box
Girgensons was a healthy scratch in Saturday's win over Vancouver.
Girgensons had been playing on the fourth line, but had been averaging almost 14 minutes a night, and chipped in with five points. The expectations weren't high to begin with, but he's trending in the wrong direction, and could hit a career low in points if he can't get back on the ice in short order.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Injured, returns
Eichel missed parts of the first and second periods during Saturday's shootout win over the Canucks, but ended up playing the entire third period and the overtime, Lance Lysowski if The Buffalo News reports.
Even though the star forward returned, coach Phil Housley wasn't willing to write off the injury just yet, telling reporters after the game, "Just a lower body bang, bump and bruise. We'll have to evaluate that." The Sabres don't play again until Tuesday, so Eichel will have time to rest up his minor issue. As for Saturday's contest, he ended up skating 15:47 with no points and five shots, though he did have a key shootout goal.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin: First career multi-point game
Dahlin registered his first multi-point game in the NHL Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win over the Canucks. He delivered two assists.
This will be the first of many for the potential future Norris winner. Dahlin is on a 35-point pace right now, but that could increase. The talent is clearly there. Dahlin is a delicious keeper, but he's only a deep bench option in most leagues right now.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Sam Reinhart: Lots of two-point efforts lately
Reinhart scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Canucks.
So, that's two straight, two-point games and three two-pointers in his last four. Reinhart may never be the 70-point player that some thought he'd be at draft time. But he is a valuable and effective second pivot on a strong team. And Reinhart is pacing toward a 55-point season. Use him well. We'll note that Reinhart left the game briefly, but returned quickly and no one seemed too concerned about it after the game.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Carter Hutton: Wins in shootout
Hutton made 36 saves Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver.
The Canucks were up 3-1 with five minutes to go when the Sabres roared back to tie the game and force overtime. Hutton couldn't be faulted on any of the goals -- one was a tricky backhander and the other two were scored through traffic. It's Hutton's second straight win, but the last one came in relief. So, it's the first start he has won since Oct. 25 (four starts). He's a solid, but not spectacular fantasy 'tender.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Nathan Beaulieu: Random goal Saturday
Beaulieu opened the scoring in Saturday's eventual 4-3 shootout home win over the Canucks.
Beaulieu was an unsuspected offensive contributor in this one, as he entered the game with just one goal through his first nine appearances of the 2018-19 season. Between an undisclosed issue and a series of healthy scratches, the ex-Canadien has not been a recommended fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt: Shows up late with shootout tally
Mittelstadt provided the final goal in the shootout Saturday, helping the Sabres clip the visiting Canucks, 4-3.
Mittelstadt wouldn't have even had an opportunity for a shootout goal if his team didn't overcome a 3-1 deficit to force bonus hockey, but the rookie wasn't directly involved in the rally. Buffalo's eighth overall pick from the 2017 draft has been held without a point in 12 of 17 games this season, which is particularly disappointing when you consider he sprinkled the scoresheet with four points in his first six NHL games last year.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Carter Hutton: Draws home start Saturday
Hutton will start in goal for a matinee at home against the Canucks on Saturday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Hutton reportedly will be countered by Jacob Markstrom in this one. The first-year Sabre is 5-6-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .911 save percentage over 12 games.... See More ... See Less