News: Strachan "will likely play again" on Saturday, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: It will be Strachan's third game for the Sabres, who has one assist on the season. The 30-year-old journeyman is nothing more than a depth player for the Sabres after signing a one-year contract with them this summer. Head coach Ted Nolan continues to go for experience over youth and talent by playing Strachan over Nikita Zadorov.
News: Flynn will play Saturday against Pittsburgh, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: A space opened up after Sam Reinhart was returned to the WHL, and Flynn will step into his spot. Flynn is a versatile forward who can play center or the right wing, but is considered just a depth forward for the Sabres. It'll be just his third game of the season after playing 79 games last year. He has zero fantasy value though he should be a regular for the Sabres from here on out.
News: Zadorov's future is still being determined with no timeline, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: General manager Tim Murray said he still hasn't come to a decision regarding the 19-year-old Russian defenseman. Zadorov made his only appearance of the season against the Kings and played a little over six minutes as the team's seventh defenseman. Murray said the decision could be Saturday or could be three weeks, even though the OHL's London Knights are calling "every day." Zadorov doesn't have a release from his KHL team and the Sabres don't want him to develop in a league so far away with so little control.
News: Enroth will be between the pipes Saturday against the Penguins, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Enroth managed to lead the Sabres to a point Thursday against the Bruins, in a game they were outshot by a 37-15 margin. The wide disparity in shots between the Sabres and their opponents has been a recurring theme, and one that figures to keep wins scarce for Enroth, particularly against top-tier squads like the Penguins. Enroth is sixth in the league in saves and will post a decent save percentage, but the goals-against average will continue to be ugly.
News: Reinhart was reassigned Friday to his junior team, the WHL's Kootenay Ice.
Impact: Reinhart was unable to take advantage of the addition of Cody Hodgson to his line in Thursday's game against the Bruins, finishing with zeroes across the board in his 7:45 of ice time. With Reinhart reaching the nine-game limit for the Sabres to decide his fate, the No. 2 overall draft pick hardly made a strong case to justify sticking with the parent club, based on the middling production (one point, three shot attempts) he supplied. The move back to the junior level should help Reinhart regain some confidence offensively while seeing a big uptick in ice time, with the hope that he'll be more prepared for a full-time role with the Sabres in 2015-16.