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Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hodgson notched his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.
Impact: It only took nine games, but Hodgson finally lit the lamp after scoring 20 goals in 72 games last year. It was Hodgson's second point of the season, who struggled early on, registering just nine shots in eight games. His lack of production is a big reason why the Sabres' offense has struggled. Hodgson was the Sabres' leading scorer last year with 44 points and should be leading the charge again this year. Moving to the left wing is supposed to open up his offensive game, but thus far it hasn't paid dividends yet. Still, the season is young and there's still lots of hockey to be played. Hodgson remains one of the few Sabres worth owning in deep fantasy leagues.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart collected his first career point after notching the second assist on Nicolas Deslauriers' game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.
Impact: Reinhart's first foray into the NHL hasn't been pretty, having been regulated to fourth line duties after starting training camp on the second line. Reinhart did the dirty work in the corners to free a loose puck that found its way to Cody McCormick's stick before Deslauriers put home the rebound. Despite notching his first point and getting the win, Reinhart is still expected to return to the WHL after nine games.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neuvirth stopped 29 shots as the Sabres escaped with a 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.
Impact: It was Neuvirth's first win of the season as the Sabres survived their California road trip with a 1-2-0 record. After being shut out by the Kings on Thursday, the Sabres pumped two goals past Alex Stalock, who faced only 15 shots. The Sabres were lucky they got so many goals past Stalock despite firing so few shots. The Sabres will cap off their four-game road trip against Toronto. No word on who will start that game, though with the win head coach Ted Nolan may go with Neuvirth again.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zadorov will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Sharks, reports Paul Hamilton from WGR Sports Radio 550.
Impact: The Sabres will go with the traditional six-man defensive corps against the Sharks after dressing seven defensemen in a 2-0 loss against the Kings on Thursday. Sam Reinhart will draw in for Zadorov, who played a little over six minutes against the Kings. The big Russian defenseman's future is in limbo at the moment as the Sabres try to decide what to do with him. They cannot send him to the AHL due to his age, so he will remain with Buffalo for the time being.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno will line up at center against San Jose on Saturday, reports Paul Hamilton from WGR Sports Radio 550.
Impact: The Sabres will try Foligno at center in an effort to spark the team after getting shut out 2-0 by the Kings on Thursday. The team has struggled on offense this year, scoring just eight goals in eight games and has been shut out three times in their past four games. Foligno is currently tied for the team lead with three points. The move to center means added responsibility for Foligno, and also means Cody Hodgson will move back to the wing.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart will play his seventh NHL game Saturday against San Jose, reports Paul Hamilton from WGR Sports Radio 550.
Impact: After sitting out as a healthy scratch against the Kings on Thursday, Reinhart will draw into the lineup against the Sharks, who have lost three games in a row. Reinhart has yet to register a point this season and all signs point to him returning back to the WHL after his nine-game audition. He'll likely see limited minutes yet again on the team's fourth line.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neuvirth will start Saturday against the Sharks, Paul Hamilton from WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Neuvirth will made his third start of the season as the Sabres hope to avoid a sweep by all three California teams. Neuvirth is 0-2 this season with a 4.00 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. The Sharks are coming off three straight losses and are 1-1-0 at home.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stafford was held without a point, but collected 17 penalty minutes in a loss to the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: Stafford took exception to a big hit to teammate Torrey Mitchell, and received an instigator, fighting, and misconduct penalty for dropping his gloves. The winger has struggled though on the whole this season, collecting just three points, with none in his past five games. He figures to break out of the slump at some point, but on the offensively challenged Sabres, his point production will likely be limited.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stewart fired seven shots on goal, but was held without a point in a loss to the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: Stewart has yet to score this year, and has registered just one point in eight games. However, he leads the Sabres and ranks 12th in the league with 26 shot attempts, suggesting that his first goal may not be far away. If he can continue to create shot opportunities for himself and gradually approach his career 13.1 percent shooting rate, the points could begin to pick up steadily for Stewart.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zadorov played just 6:12 in his 2014-15 season debut as the Sabres' seventh defenseman in a 2-0 loss to the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: It was more an effort to take some rust off Zadorov than anything as head coach Ted Nolan used him sparingly in a game that would've been a blow out had Jhonas Enroth not turned in such a solid performance. The big hulking Russian defender is still in limbo as the team decides what to do with him. There's some confusion as to where exactly Zadorov can play, depending on which team holds his rights, but he is still eligible for major junior due to his age.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth will be in the crease Thursday against the Kings.
Impact: After backup Michal Neuvirth received the nod in Thursday's loss to the Ducks, Enroth will return to the net against a tough Kings squad on the road. Enroth may need to hold the opposition to one or fewer goals to give the Sabres any chance at salvaging a point Thursday.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth stopped 37 of 39 shots Thursday against the Kings, but was on the wrong end of Jonathan Quick's 29-save shutout.
Impact: Enroth's now lost five times in six games, but at least this was one of his stronger efforts, and against a quality opponent. Still, he's a highly risky fantasy roll, as the Sabres don't play great defense and have now been shut out in three consecutive Enroth starts. The Sabres are having a lot of trouble scoring with just nine goals in eight games, so even when Enroth shuts the door, he's not getting much goal support. Enroth is looking like a legitimate NHL starter, but the stats just won't be there until he moves to a better team or the Sabres' young players start putting the puck in the net.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Kings.
Impact: After siting out Saturday's loss to the Bruins, Reinhart earned his way back to the lineup Wednesday in Anaheim, but didn't impress, finishing with a minus-1 rating and shots, hits or blocks in just under 10 minutes of ice time. A return to the junior level could be in store for Reinhart once he uses up his nine-game trial period.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zadorov will make his season debut Thursday against the Kings.
Impact: Zadorov will replace Sam Reinhart in the lineup, as the Sabres dress seven defensemen. The 2013 first-round pick could clearly stand to benefit from consistent ice time, but it doesn't sound as though the Sabres are prepared to give him that at the NHL level. Zadorov's future is still unclear since a KHL team owns his rights and has so far refused to release him to the OHL for a third season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neuvirth is expected to get the start on Wednesday against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Neuvirth has appeared in one game this season, incidentally enough, against the Ducks. He didn't fare especially well, giving up five goals on 44 shots in a 5-1 loss Oct. 13. Buffalo has been struggling in all facets of the game this season, but Jhonas Enroth still seems to have a steady hand on the No. 1 gig, even after giving up four goals in his last turn over the weekend. It appears coach Ted Nolan is just looking to rest Enroth for the first game of a back-to-back set.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Although he is not ready for games yet, Kaleta has been practicing with the Sabres, WGR 550 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Kaleta had almost every bone broken in one side of his face when he got hit with a slapshot in late September. The fourth-liner is in the last year of his contract, but the general manager and coach who gave up on him last year are gone, so there has to be some pressure on him to get back and perform well for the new staff.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers was handed a 10-minute misconduct penalty at 12:02 of the third period, ending his night prematurely in the Sabres' 4-1 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday.
Impact: Aside from his early departure, Myers had a pretty strong game, finishing with two shots, three hits, two blocked shots and one takeaway. His absence was certainly missed, as the Ducks iced the game when Corey Perry completed his hat trick late in the third period. Myers was originally called for holding Sami Vatanen, and was then handed a misconduct for going after him. The blueliner now has 16 PIM and 17 shots in seven games, but has yet to register a single point. He still hasn't taken that leap everyone has been expecting. Myers still has tons of potential but may need to move elsewhere to really blossom.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neuvirth stopped 30 shots as the Sabres took a 4-1 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday.
Impact: It was a much better effort for the Sabres in their second meeting with the Ducks, after Buffalo was outshot 44-12 in a 5-1 loss in the two teams' Oct. 13 match. Neuvirth held the fort until the third period, when Corey Perry scored two goals within 1:18 to complete his hat trick. The Sabres could have given Neuvirth a little more goal support, but Frederik Andersen remained on fire in the opposite net. Coach Ted Nolan said he would continue to entertain the idea of splitting goaltending duties, which means Jhonas Enroth will draw the Kings on Thursday night. It'll be a tough go for Buffalo goalies this year with the team expected to finish in lottery position.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Ducks, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Reinhart was a healthy scratch over the weekend for the Sabres, but appears to have earned his way back to the fourth line after impressing coach Ted Nolan with his effort in practice. The rookie's continued hard work is admirable, but he'll need to translate it into tangible production in games if he hopes to avoid an assignment back to his junior club.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bruins are interested in acquiring Stewart, reports theScore.com.
Impact: The Bruins have been looking for a top-six right winger following the departures of Jarome Iginla and Nathan Horton. Stewart, a bruising power forward, plays a similar straight-ahead style, but lacks the goal-scoring pedigree of Iginla and Horton. Still, it could be a good fit. Stewart's style of play fits perfectly with the Bruins and his stock will skyrocket if he gets first look on David Krejci's line. Stewart is also reportedly in high demand by other teams. It's safe to assume that everyone is available on the Sabres as they continue their rebuild. Stewart has zero goals in 11 career games with Buffalo.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaleta will travel with the team to California for their four-game road trip, but is weeks away from returning, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: The gritty right winger took a puck to the face during the preseason that required surgery; he's expected to return in November. The 2014-15 season was supposed to be one of redemption for Kaleta, who was demoted to the AHL last year after the NHL and the Sabres told him to clean up his reckless style of play. Previously a viable source for penalty minutes, Kaleta has little use in fantasy leagues.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While Reinhart, a healthy scratch for Saturday's loss to Boston, will make the current road trip with the team, he doesn't seem guaranteed to play every game, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: "Not 100 percent next game, but he will play during this trip," coach Ted Nolan said of Reinhart's prospects in the near future. Reinhart has no points in five games and seems like a candidate to be sent back to juniors once he uses up his nine "free" NHL games. While his long-term future is bright, in single-season leagues he's pretty much worthless right now.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zadorov, who has been a healthy scratch all season, will find out where he'll play this year in the new few days, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: In a twist of events, Zadorov's agent revealed that the London Knights may not be an option for Zadorov this year. The big, bruising defenseman's rights are owned by a KHL team. The KHL agreed to release Zadorov to the OHL last year, but that isn't the case this year. The Sabres want to keep a close eye on their prospects and don't want Zadorov to develop in a league so far away, but there may be no choice. The team is already waiting to see how Mark Pysyk and Jake McCabe can rebound from their preseason injuries, and even if both falter, it's hard to see the Sabres playing Zadorov enough to keep him around. Stay tuned to find out where he ends up.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Head coach Ted Nolan said Ristolainen had been suffering from fatigue and he considered scratching him last week, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Nolan hinted that it wasn't physical, but rather mental fatigue that was ailing Ristolainen, citing the "lights and action" of the NHL being overwhelming for young players. Nolan didn't say which game he considered sitting Ristolainen, but did say he came out flying on Friday. That lends to the belief that Nolan may have wanted Ristolainen to sit Tuesday aainst Carolina in the second part of a back-to-back after a 5-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday in which he played a season-low 14:38 and failed to register a shot. Ristolainen is not an elite defenseman yet, but he'll get there. With the Sabres struggling, expect Nolan to juggle players in and out of the lineup all year.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Enroth made 32 saves Saturday.
Impact: Enroth has a 3.34 GAA but his defensemen are among the NHL's worst.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth made 32 saves Saturday night, but his teammates found no offense in a 4-0 loss to Boston.
Impact: He fought the good fight, but he needed his boys to find twine. He's in for a tough ride this season. Wins will be hard to come by, but his save percentage might actually be useful given the huge number of pucks he'll see.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Bruins, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: After being demoted to the fourth line just a few days earlier, Reinhart will now be out of the lineup entirely for the Sabres. The second overall pick has been a non-factor on the ice through his first five professional games, contributing no points and just two shots on goal. It's looking likely that he'll report back to his junior club in the WHL once his nine-game trial period comes to an end.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth will be in the net Saturday against the Bruins, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Coach Ted Nolan's decision to stick with Enroth for starts on consecutive days suggests that the goalie is sitting on a decent amount of job security, despite his woeful numbers (1-3-0, 3.18 GAA, .912). Though he took the loss Friday against the Panthers, Enroth may have turned in his best performance of the season while finishing on the wrong end of the shutout. He stopped 34 of 35 shots in the defeat.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth made 34 saves Friday, but it wasn't enough, as the Sabres dropped a 1-0 decision to the Panthers.
Impact: Enroth was phenomenal in the loss, doing everything he could to try and help the Sabres nab their second win of the season. Unfortunately, Sean Bergenheim's second-period goal was the only one scored Friday, handing Buffalo its fourth loss in five games. Enroth is now 1-3-0 on the season with a .912 save percentage and 3.18 GAA. The 26-year-old hasn't been bad this season, but the team in front of him certainly has, with Enroth facing an NHL-high 147 shots thus far. It's hard to count on Enroth with the lackluster team playing in front of him.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaleta (face) resumed skating this week, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: It has been a really tough two years for Kaleta. After getting demoted to the AHL for reckless play, Kaleta suffered a season-ending ACL injury in October and then took a puck to the face during camp that required extensive facial surgery. The physical right winger is ready to make a triumphant return to the NHL. Time will tell if Kaleta has cleaned up his game or not, but the Sabres could certainly use his presence in the lineup. Kaleta will not play Friday.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zadorov will be healthy scratch Friday night, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Impact: The Sabres are raising some eyebrows with their handling of Zadorov, which has become eerily similar to Mikhail Grigorenko's situation last year. As a 19-year-old drafted from the CHL, Zadorov is not eligible for AHL play. The Sabres can keep him around for up to nine games before they have to make a decision whether or not to send him back to the OHL's London Knights. The Sabres will have played five games by Friday night and the Knights have played eight. Head coach Ted Nolan won't say exactly why Zadorov is sitting, but did mention that they were working on his conditioning. Curious, indeed. Want the Internet theory? There's scuttlebutt that the Knights are trading Zadorov, possibly to the Erie Otters, as a replacement for Aaron Ekblad if Ekblad sticks with the Panthers. The Sabres won't return Zadorov back to the OHL until they know where he's going.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth will be in goal Friday against the Panthers, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: With the Sabres playing a weekend back-to-back, Enroth will get the nod for the first game, but look for Michal Neuvirth to man the net Saturday against the Bruins. Predictably, Enroth has struggled behind a toothless Sabres defense through his first three starts, going 1-2-0 with a 3.89 GAA and .893 save percentage.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pysyk (upper body) was assigned to AHL Rochester on Thursday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: It's not clear whether Pysyk's assignment to the minors is for a long-term stay or just as part of a conditioning assignment. Pysyk indicated Thursday that he's been sidelined since the preseason due to a shoulder injury, but it appears he's finally reached the end of his recovery timetable.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCabe (undisclosed) was assigned to AHL Rochester on Thursday.
Impact: Fellow injured blueliner Mark Pysyk (shoulder) was also sent to Rochester on Thursday, but it's not clear whether they'll be there to stay or are just on a rehab assignment. The Sabres have received miserable play from their defense in the early stages of the season, and the addition of McCabe might represent an upgrade over one of their incumbent defensemen.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Sabres have assigned defensemen Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. The moves do not come as a surprise after both players opened the season on the Sabres' injured list.
Impact: Pysyk sustained what the team called an "upper body" injury during a 2-0 preseason win over Carolina on Sept. 23.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Sabres have assigned defensemen Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. The moves do not come as a surprise after both players opened the season on the Sabres' injured list.
Impact: McCabe was sidelined by what the team called a "middle body" injury before the start of the season. He was Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2012 draft and had an opportunity to make the Sabres' season-opening roster before getting hurt.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ted Nolan said Thursday that McCabe (undisclosed) is close to playing, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: General manager Tim Murray is set to meet with McCabe later Thursday to get a clearer idea of how he's coming along from his injury, but all indications from the Sabres are that he could be ready to go at some point next week. The Buffalo blue line has been a mess in the early stages of the season, so it wouldn't be especially surprising if McCabe claimed a regular spot in the lineup immediately upon his activation.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Foligno scored twice in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win at Carolina.
Impact: Foligno has three points through three games thus far.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Enroth finished with 22 saves in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win at Carolina.
Impact: It was a night to remember for Enroth, who picked up his first win of the year. He's posted a 3.89 GAA through three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell scored a second-period goal in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Mitchell's shot from the left circle was his first shot attempt of the season, spanning over 50 minutes of ice time. Needless to say, the Sabres aren't counting on Mitchell for much more than capable defense as a member of the team's bottom six, a role that won't warrant much fantasy interest.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno scored two goals in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over Carolina.
Impact: Foligno played 18:03 and led all forwards with 3:02 on the penalty kill in his best game of the season so far. After scoring just seven goals last year, the budding power forward has challenged himself to be a more consistent and better overall player. He's on the right track, though it's early in the season. Foligno has 20-goal potential, but offense will be hard to come by for the Sabres, who score by committee with no standout top line.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth and the Sabres earned their first win of the season in a 4-3 shootout decision over Carolina on Tuesday. He stopped 22 of 25 shots.
Impact: Enroth narrowly avoided a late-game meltdown after the 'Canes, who had trailed much of the game, tied it up in the third period. General manager Tim Murray is adamant that the Sabres aren't tanking, and while that may be true, they just aren't very good. Enroth should remain the Sabres' starter going forward, but the numbers won't necessarily be pretty. This was the first time in four games that the Sabres allowed fewer than 40 shots.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sabres will probably return Reinhart back to the WHL, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Impact: Reinhart started off on the second line to begin the preseason, but was dropped to the third line in his third game and will now play on the fourth line. This shouldn't be seen as a disappointment and Reinhart is not a bust. Quite simply, the Sabres aren't going to be very good this year and it makes no sense for the 18-year-old to play 10 minutes a night on a bad team. The Kootenay Ice will benefit greatly from the return of their incumbent captain. Reinhart will make a good run for a roster spot next year.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ted Nolan said Tuesday that Pysyk (upper body) is "very close" to returning to game action.
Impact: Pysyk has been out of commission since Sept. 23 with the upper-body injury, but he was able to take part in Tuesday's morning skate, a sign he's almost ready to go. Nolan said that after Pysyk gets some full-contact practice reps in, he'll likely be activated from injured reserve.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meszaros will serve as a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes.
Impact: Signed to a one-year, $4.125 million contract in the offseason, Meszaros (one point, minus-6 rating) hasn't done much to stabilize a Sabres defense that has surrendered 131 shots in its first three games. Though Meszaros' tepid start to season is discouraging, coach Ted Nolan was careful to note that the onus for his team's struggles doesn't entirely fall on the blueliner. "Meszaros is not going to be the first casualty. We just need him playing better but we can't sit out 10 guys. We only have a limited group so nobody's safe from that position." Expect Meszaros to return to the lineup for the Sabres' weekend homestand, but his plus/minus rating will only steadily fall from here.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth will be between the pipes Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: Both Enroth and Michal Neuvirth have been under siege in goal this season, as the Sabres defense has surrendered a league-leading 43.6 shots per game. The leaky defense combined with a lukewarm collection of forwards seemingly has the Sabres primed for another losing season, but Tuesday's outing could represent a soft landing spot for Enroth. The Hurricanes have been beaten handily in their two games this season, and will be without the services of top-six forwards Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner on Tuesday. If Enroth fails to come away with a win in this one, he could be waiting on his first victory of the season for quite some time.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Ennis scored his second goal in Monday's loss to Anaheim.
Impact: Ennis has two goals on five shots this season and an even plus-minus rating.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart will play on the Sabres' fourth line and see reduced minutes moving forward, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: It's been a steady drop for the struggling Reinhart, who opened the season as the second-line center but now finds himself on the fourth line -- and facing a drop in playing time.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hodgson will move back to center after opening the season at left wing, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The Sabres were planning to use Hodgson at left wing full-time this season, but he did not tally a point through the season's first three games, so head coach Ted Nolan wasted little scrapping the experiment in an effort to allow Hodgson to be more of a playmaker. He will likely center either the Sabres' second or third line.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno (undisclosed) will play in Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes.
Impact: It's not certain what type of setback prevented Foligno from playing in Monday's game, but whatever ailment he is dealing with will not keep him off the ice Tuesday.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Foligno has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: There are no details on Foligno's injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ennis scored the lone Sabres' goal in Monday's blowout loss to Anaheim.
Impact: Although the Sabres are 0-3-0 to start the season, Ennis has managed to be valuable in fantasy, netting two goals. The small but effective center will get plenty of opportunities to produce this season, playing on the top line and top power-play unit alongside Matt Moulson. If the 25-year-old Ennis can pot 21 goals and 43 points with the league's worst offensive team in 2013-14, there is no reason he can't produce similar totals with Buffalo again this season.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart was held without a point for the third straight game in a 5-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday.
Impact: It was truly a "welcome to the NHL" game for the second overall pick in the 2014 draft. Reinhart was 0-for-11 at the faceoff dot and saw his ice time drop more than two minutes, to 11:12, after he'd played 13:37 and 13:33 in the last two games. The Sabres are struggling and Reinhart hasn't wowed anyone yet, registering just two shots in three games. There's no hurry with the 18-year-old, and given his performance, it wouldn't serve the Sabres or Reinhart any good to keep him in the pros. At this rate, Reinhart will likely return to the WHL after his nine-game stint.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neuvirth, making his first start of the season, stopped 39 of 44 shots in a 5-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday.
Impact: Neuvirth struggled in the preseason, but played much better in his first start despite being bombarded. No Sabres goalie is going to do well if the guys in front of him keep allowing 40-plus shots per game. The team was supposed to be much improved this year on defense, but that has yet to take shape. The Sabres' offense generated just 12 shots against Frederik Andersen, so Neuvirth didn't have much of a chance to get the win anyway. Jhonas Enroth remains the team's No. 1 goalie, but Nolan will likely stick with the hot hand wherever he can find it.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno will not be available for Monday's game against the Ducks due to an undisclosed injury, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: It's likely Foligno acquired the injury at some point during Saturday's loss to the Blackhawks, but the severity of the ailment remains unknown at this time. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's tilt with the Hurricanes, though it wouldn't be remotely surprising if he was held out until the weekend. Brian Flynn will replace him in the lineup Monday.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Neuvirth will start Monday against the Ducks, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Neuvirth will make his season debut in place of starter Jhonas Enroth, and will need to be excellent behind a shaky Sabres defensive unit if he wants to escape with a win.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Stafford was credited with two assists in Saturday's loss at Chicago.
Impact: Stafford is already halfway to the two two-assist performances he enjoyed last season.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Ennis scored his first goal in a loss at Chicago on Saturday.
Impact: The goal ended an eight-game scoring drought for Ennis going back to last season.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stafford collected his first two points of the season in Saturday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Lining up on the top line alongside Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson, Stafford will get plenty of opportunities to put up offensive numbers in 2014-15. He picked up a shorthanded assist and an even-strength assist in Saturday's loss. After posting consecutive 50-point seasons in 2010-2011 and 2011-12, Stafford saw his production drop in the following two years. He did score 16 goals last season, though, and with top-line and top-power-play-unit minutes, Stafford could return to the 50-point barrier this time around.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sabres defense allowed 40-plus shots again as Enroth stopped 41 of 47 shots in a 6-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Impact: It hasn't been a good start for the Sabres' revamped defense, as the additions of Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros has so far done nothing to help Enroth see fewer shots. Through two games Enroth has faced 88 shots, stopping 78. It is early in the season, but the Sabres so far don't look too different from the one that finished last in the league in the previous season. Enroth has some value in leagues that count saves since it looks like the Sabres defensive woes will continue. Even if the Sabres do get better, which they certainly could, the wins will be hard to come by for Enroth.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Girgensons scored in his second straight game in a 6-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Impact: At this rate, head coach Ted Nolan will have to play Girgensons much more than his current average of 15 minutes. One game after being promoted to the second line, Girgensons was Johnny-on-the-stop off an Andrej Meszaros rebound in the first period to put the Sabres on the board. The Sabres allowed 40-plus shots for the second straight game and good fantasy players generally don't come from bad teams, but Girgensons is a name to keep for the future.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCormick (undisclosed) will be in the lineup Saturday against the Blackhawks, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: McCormick was considered questionable heading into the day after missing Friday's practice, but the maintenance day was all he needed to regain health. He's expected to center the Sabres' checking line.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ted Nolan confirmed after Saturday's morning skate that Enroth would start against the Blackhawks, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Enroth will match up against Corey Crawford in the road tilt at the United Center, where he'll safely be considered the heavy underdog to come away with a victory.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Enroth was the first goalie off the ice at the Sabres' morning skate and is expected to start Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Much like last season, Enroth was hung out to dry by his mates in the opener, as he saw 40 shot attempts in the loss to the Blue Jackets, saving 37. His outlook wouldn't appear to be much rosier Saturday, with the Sabres in a hostile road environment and matching up against a far superior Blackhawks squad. Avoid using him in fantasy leagues Saturday if you can help it.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Enroth made 37 saves Thursday.
Impact: Enroth's Sabres need to do a better job of limiting those attempts.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Kaleta has been placed on the injured list with a facial injury.
Impact: He was hit with a puck during the preseason and isn't expected back until November.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Hackett is still recovering from the knee surgery he had in April.
Impact: He's expected to rehab in the minors once he's healthy.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Larsson has been sent to the minors.
Impact: Larsson began the season on the injured list with a concussion.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Pysyk is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Impact: It's uncertain when he'll be able to return.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Buffalo Sabres prospect center Mikhail Grigorenko is heading back to the minors for more seasoning.
Impact: The Sabres announced Monday that they assigned Grigorenko and forward Zac Dalpe to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. It's the latest setback for Grigorenko, who has had difficulty breaking into the Sabres' lineup since being selected in the first round of the 2012 draft. He has three goals and five assists in 43 career games split over the past two seasons in Buffalo.