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Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Plenty of support in win
Luukkonen made 20 saves in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Blue Jackets.
The Sabres led 6-0 after one, so Luukkonen can be forgiven for losing focus a bit in the routine win. The 23-year-old Finn has allowed 18 goals over his last four starts, but he's notched back-to-back victories, albeit against the lowly Sharks and Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jacob Bryson: Two assists in easy win
Bryson dished out two assists in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Blue Jackets.
Bryson's helpers came 3:09 apart late in the second period. He helped out on Tage Thompson's fifth goal of the night, then assisted on Alex Tuch's marker in the final minute of the middle frame. Bryson's only other multi-point performance this season came Oct. 20, and he has eight points in 22 appearances overall.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Alex Tuch: Four points in 9-4 win
Tuch registered a goal and three assists in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Columbus.
Tuch assisted on the first two of Tage Thompson's four first-period goals, then helped out on Thompson's fifth goal of the night in the second. With 44 seconds left in the middle frame, Tuch added his 13th goal of the season. The Sabres have gone from downright terrible to fun-bad, and the team's top line of Thompson, Tuch and Jeff Skinner should be universally rostered despite the plus-minus risks of playing for Buffalo.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin: Three points as team scores nine
Dahlin had a goal and two power-play assists in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Blue Jackets.
Dahlin posted the third multi-point performance during his five-game point streak, but the goal was just his second since Nov. 4. While Buffalo's top defenseman unsurprisingly played a significant role in this offensive onslaught, first-line center Tage Thompson led the way with five goals and an assist. Dahlin's up to 32 points through 25 appearances and should blow by last year's career-best 53 points if he can stay healthy.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Dylan Cozens: Twelve points in last five
Cozens recorded a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Columbus. The goal and one assist came on the power play.
Cozens was one of four Sabres to post at least three points in the first period. Buffalo cruised to victory after scoring six unanswered goals in the opening frame, while Cozens boosted his season totals to 10 goals and 17 assists through 26 games, including five goals and seven assists during his current five-game point streak.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Thriving on Thompson's wing
Skinner dished out four helpers to go with a plus-4 rating in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Blue Jackets. Two of the assists came on the power play.
The first three of Skinner's assists came on Tage Thompson's natural hat trick as Buffalo doubled its 3-0 lead in the first period, and Skinner added a helper on Alex Tuch's second-period tally. Thompson blossoming into an elite center has benefited Skinner, who shares the ice with Thompson on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit. Skinner boosted his assist total to 19, and he's added 12 goals though 26 games. He has capped out at 63 points on four previous occasions, but this could be the year Skinner finally busts past that mark.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Tage Thompson: Pots five in rout
Thompson scored five goals -- two on the power play -- to go with a power-play assist and nine shots on goal in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Blue Jackets.
Thompson's first period was enough to satisfy fantasy managers for the whole week, as he potted four goals and added an assist as the Sabres took a 6-0 lead into the first intermission. Three of the goals formed a natural hat trick as Buffalo doubled its lead from 3-0 to 6-0, and the last two of those came with the man advantage. He added his fifth tally of the night in the second period. Thompson's prolific first period pushed him up to the 20-goal mark for the season, and his second-period marker gave him eight goals and six assists during his current five-game point streak. Thompson's cementing his place as an elite center after last season's breakout 38-goal campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Vinnie Hinostroza: Sidelined again Wednesday
Hinostroza (undisclosed) won't play versus the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
This will be Hinostroza's third straight game out of the lineup, and his second in a row due to the injury. The 28-year-old could eventually be cleared but serve as a healthy scratch as he contends for bottom-six minutes in the Sabres' lineup.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Gets starting nod versus Jackets
Luukkonen will be between the pipes on the road versus Columbus on Wednesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Luukkonen has conceded three or more goals in four of his five appearances this season, giving him a 4.17 GAA and .856 save percentage on the year. With an upcoming back-to-back against the Penguins on Friday and Saturday, Luukkonen figures to see plenty of action over the team's next three games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Eric Comrie: Still week-to-week
Comrie (lower body) has started doing some light rehab skating, but he's still considered week-to-week with his lower-body issue, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
While Comrie is clearly making a little progress in his recovery, there's still no clear-cut timetable for his return. Craig Anderson and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen should continue to serve as Buffalo's top two netminders until Comrie is ready to rock.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Collects helper
Jokiharju notched an assist in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Jokiharju set up a Jeff Skinner go-ahead goal in the second period. Over his last seven games, Jokiharju has picked up a goal and two assists, accounting for three of his four points on the season. The 23-year-old has added 17 shots on net, 17 blocked shots, 14 hits, 10 PIM and a plus-1 rating through 14 contests, mainly as a defensive presence in the Sabres' top four.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Victor Olofsson: Nabs power-play helper
Olofsson logged a power-play assist and went minus-2 in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Olofsson snapped a three-game slump with his helper. The 27-year-old had an uneven November, registering five goals and an assist in 14 games while seeing his role gradually decrease to bottom-six duties and power-play time. He's picked up 11 goals, two helpers, five power-play points, 59 shots on net and a minus-8 rating. He needs to score consistently to be on the fantasy radar.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin: Supplies two power-play assists
Dahlin recorded a pair of power-play assists in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Dahlin helped out on tallies by Tage Thompson and Jack Quinn as the Sabres went 2-for-4 on the power play Sunday. His torrid goal-scoring pace from the start of the season has predictably faded away, but Dahlin has six assists in his last four contests to bounce back from a two-game dry spell. For the season, the 22-year-old is up to 29 points (15 on the power play), 79 shots on net, 40 hits, 42 blocked shots, 36 PIM and a plus-10 rating in 24 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Dylan Cozens: Distributes three assists in win
Cozens recorded three assists, six shots on goal, four PIM and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Cozens had a helper in each period, with his first assist coming on a power-play goal. The 21-year-old has multiple points in each of his last three games, and he's gotten on the scoresheet in seven of the last eight, amassing five tallies and eight helpers in that span. For the season, the center has nine goals, 15 assists, six power-play points, 69 shots on net, 14 PIM, 21 hits and a plus-4 rating through 25 contests. He may not be able to sustain a point-per-game pace, but he's still on track to shatter his previous career high of 38 points from last season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' John-Jason Peterka: Finds twine Sunday
Peterka scored a goal on five shots and went plus-2 in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Peterka has points in six of his last seven games, amassing three goals and three helpers in that span. The rookie winger's tally tied the game at 2-2 early in the second period after the Sabres' rough start. Peterka is connecting well with fellow youngsters Dylan Cozens and Jack Quinn on the Sabres' second line. For the season, Peterka has six goals, eight assists, 38 shots, 12 PIM and a plus-3 rating in 25 outings.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Alex Tuch: Deposits empty-netter
Tuch scored an empty-net goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Tuch added extra insurance with this empty-netter, giving him goals in consecutive games for the third time this year. The 26-year-old winger has scored five times and added eight assists in his last 10 contests, and he's up to 12 tallies, 12 assists, 65 shots and a plus-4 rating in 25 outings overall.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: One of each Sunday
Skinner scored a goal on six shots, added an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Skinner is on an absolute tear right now with seven goals and five assists over his last seven games. His tally Sunday put the Sabres up 3-2 early in the second period, and they didn't look back. The 30-year-old winger has 12 goals, 26 points, 81 shots and a plus-5 rating through 25 contests while seeing steady usage on the top line alongside fellow surging forward Tage Thompson.... See More ... See Less
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