Buffalo Sabres Player News: All Positions

News: Reinhart lit the lamp in Monday's loss to the Devils.
Impact: The 23-year-old rode an 11-game goalless streak into this outing, so he likely would've accepted anything that would break the slump. That includes a shot from beyond center ice that took a fluky bounce to beat Cory Schneider's left pad. The play was good for Reinhart's 20th goal of the season, and he extended his career high to 61 points.
News: Ullmark allowed two goals on 20 shots in Monday's loss to the Devils.
Impact: This marks five straight loses for the 25-year-old, and he has a pitiful .874 save percentage in that span. Of course, the skaters in front of him averaged just 1.6 goals per game in that span, so wins would be hard to secure anyway.
News: Hunwick (upper body) is not in the lineup for Monday's game versus New Jersey.
Impact: With only two assists in 14 games, Hunwick's absence from Buffalo's lineup means very little in a fantasy sense. Monday's game will be the fourth consecutive contest the veteran blueliner has missed due to his most recent upper-body injury. He'll now be in tough to suit up Tuesday in Ottawa.
News: Bogosian (lower body) will not play Monday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Called a game-time decision earlier Monday, it's been confirmed that Bogosian will sit versus New Jersey. Dressing in his place will be Lawrence Pilut.
News: Ullmark will start Monday's road game in New Jersey, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Ullmark has been ice cold dating back to mid-February, posting a 1-7-0 record in eight appearances since Feb. 15. Facing a Devils team that has split two games with Buffalo in 2018-19, starting Ullmark given his and his team's recent form (1-8-1 in the last 10 games) does not seem like a wise move. Look elsewhere if possible.
News: Bogosian (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against New Jersey, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bogosian's potential absence comes after the towering blueliner missed Sunday's practice. If Bogo can't go, Lawrence Pilut will draw into Buffalo's lineup.
News: Bogosian did not participate in practice Sunday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: It's unclear whether his absence is injury related or simply a maintenance day. Buffalo did recall Lawrence Pilut from AHL Rochester, though. An update on his health should be available later today.
News: Pilut was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday.
Impact: Pilut's call up could have something to do with the fact that fellow defenseman Zach Bogosian (undisclosed) was unable to practice Sunday. The 23-year-old has suited up in 23 games for Buffalo this season and has recorded six points. It's unclear whether Pilut will draw into the lineup for Monday's game against New Jersey.
News: Reinhart went minus-2 and scored a goal in Saturday's loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Reinhart has struggled during March with just three points in 11 games, but his defensive game has been even worse. The 23-year-old has a minus-9 rating in that span. The Sabres are officially eliminated from playoff contention, but Reinhart still has an opportunity to extend his career high of 60 points in 74 games.
News: Eichel scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: It was his first goal against Montreal. Eichel had scored against every other team in the NHL, but not Montreal. He had eight assists in his previous 15 games against the Canadiens. Eichel continues to build the resume of a future star and now has 75 points in 69 games. And his fourth straight season with at least 24 goals (he has 26 this year).
News: Hutton made 37 saves in a 7-4 loss to Montreal. He allowed six goals.
Impact: The Habs buried their chances, plain and simple. The Sabres didn't. Since Feb. 1, Hutton has gone 2-8-2 in his last 14 starts. There's no fantasy value here. Just a sinking stone on your goalie categories.
News: Hutton will start in the cage against host Montreal on Saturday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: According to Hockey-reference.com, Hutton has only had five "really bad starts" this season, which is a metric borrowed from revered hockey writer Rob Vollman that enumerates how many times a given netminder has posted a save mark below .850 in a single game. Still, it hasn't amounted to very many wins for Hutton, as he's only at 17 victories through 45 games to go along with a 2.88 GAA and .911 save percentage. In any case, he'll look to finish the season strong, with his next opponent being a Canadiens team that ranks fourth in a top-heavy Atlantic Division.
News: Hunwick (upper body) is day-to-day and will not play Saturday against Montreal, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Hunwick has struggled with injury all season, though he's been able to play in five games in March, logging one point, three shots on goal and four blocked shots while averaging 16:10 of ice time per game. Buffalo has six other blueliners to look to for depth, so a recall may not be necessary.
News: Sobotka registered an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: It was Sobotka's second game back after being a healthy scratch, so finding the scoresheet will bode well for him keeping his spot in the lineup. The helper is just his eighth of the season, though, and gives him 13 points on the year. His value is limited to deeper leagues.
News: Bogosian has points in back-to-back games.
Impact: Bogosian picked up an assist in Sunday's win over St. Louis, then again in Wednesday's loss to Toronto. That gives him points in consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 23-24. He hasn't been able to find the scoresheet in three straight contests, but he'll look to accomplish that feat during Saturday's meeting in Montreal. Bogosian is up to 19 points on the campaign.
News: Mittelstadt buried a power-play goal in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Mittelstadt got the Sabres on the board with his tally on the man advantage. It's his 11th marker of the year, bringing him up to 22 points in total. He's getting a chance on Buffalo's top power-play unit, giving him an uptick in value. Mittelstadt's worth a look in deeper leagues for that aspect alone, as long as he remains on that unit.
News: Nylander scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Toronto.
Impact: The goal was the second of Nylander's career -- he posted his first last April. It likely felt even sweeter to deposit his first of the year against brother William Nylander's squad. He's only appeared in five games for the Sabres this season, but has three points in his past two outings. Nylander has a high offensive ceiling, so it's encouraging that he's started putting some points on the board. His value is at its strongest in dynasty leagues, but he could become a worthwhile addition in standard leagues should he string a few more strong performances together.
News: Hutton stopped 42 of 45 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Toronto's final goal came into an empty net. Hutton has started five of the last seven games for the Sabres, but his 1-3-1 record, 3.32 GAA and .912 save percentage leave the door open for Linus Ullmark to work his way back into a timeshare to close out the season.
News: Hutton will take on the Maple Leafs at home Wednesday.
Impact: Buffalo's top netminder will look for better results against the Leafs after his Feb. 25 start, when the Buds put the puck past him three times on 12 shots over 25:52 of crease time. Hutton -- who will be making his second consecutive start -- is 17-20-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .910 save percentage over 44 games.
News: Pekar was reassigned to AHL Rochester following the end of his junior campaign with OHL Barrie.
Impact: Pekar still has a year of junior eligibility left and will likely head back to the Colts for the 2019-20 campaign. In his first OHL season, the 19-year-old tallied 14 goals and 22 helpers in 33 outings. Selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft, the Czech is likely still a few years away from breaking into the Sabres' roster.
News: Dahlin dished out an even-strength assist in 22:48 of ice time in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Blues
Impact: The point was Dahlin's first after going pointless in his last eight games. The first overall pick in 2018 has been solid in his first full campaign, accumulating 38 points in 72 games. More points could be coming for the 18-year-old, as he's averaged 2:38 of power-play ice time in the month of March.
News: Nylander notched two assists in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Blues.
Impact: The helpers were his first points in four games since being recalled from AHL Rochester. Nylander probably has as much raw offensive talent as his older brother William, but the 21-year-old Alexander simply isn't physically ready to be a consistent producer at the NHL level yet.
News: Hutton turned aside 30 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime, and two of three shootout attempts, in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
Impact: It's his first win since Feb. 23, ending a rough six-game stretch in which Hutton had posted a 3.76 GAA and .899 save percentage. Linus Ullmark hasn't been playing any better, however, so expect the two netminders to stay in a timeshare unless one of them can heat up to close out the season.
News: Scandella (upper body) will be active for Sunday's game against the Blues.
Impact: A no-frills defenseman rounding out his ninth NHL season, Scandella has produced only four goals and seven assists over 56 games. The rapid emergence of 2018 first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin has been detrimental to Scandella's fantasy prospects, as he's only averaging 17:43 of ice time after clearing 23 minutes per game in 2017-18.
News: Hutton will draw the start against the Blues on Sunday.
Impact: Hutton was drilled for five goals in his last outing, a March 14 contest against the Penguins. Sunday's matchup isn't ideal either, as St. Louis' offense has been wonderful in the second half this season. The 33-year-old isn't a great fantasy play with a mediocre 2.88 GAA and .910 save percentage.
News: Ullmark allowed four goals on 29 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Impact: Not only was this Ullmark's fourth consecutive loss, he's also lost seven of the last eight. During that eight-game stretch, he owns an .884 save percentage. These recent struggles have been a huge detriment to his overall numbers. Ullmark is now 14-12-4 with a 3.13 GAA and .906 save percentage in 33 games this season.
News: Scandella (upper body) isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: Scandella's presence on the road trip seemed to suggest he had a chance to avoid missing time, but he will indeed skip out on at least one contest. He won't have to wait long for his next chance to draw in with the Sabres returning home to host the Blues on Sunday. Zach Bogosian (undisclosed) rejoins the action in his place.
News: Ullmark will patrol the crease in Saturday's road game against the Hurricanes, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Ullmark was sharp in his last start Tuesday against the Stars, stopping 25 of 27 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 15th loss of the season due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The 25-year-old netminder will look to stay dialed in and snap his three-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Carolina club that's averaging 3.03 goals per game at home this campaign, 14th in the NHL.
News: Bogosian (undisclosed) will return to action Saturday against the Hurricanes, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The oft-injured defenseman has three goals and 17 points through 61 games this season. While that doesn't move the needle in most fantasy formats, Bogosian serves in an important penalty-killing capacity and has proven capable of handling 21-plus minutes when healthy.
News: Scandella (upper body) is considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Hurricanes.
Impact: Scandella made the trip to Carolina for Saturday's contest, so there's a chance he won't be forced to miss any time due to his upper-body issue. Another update on his status should surface prior to puck drop against the Hurricanes.
News: Eichel's two-game suspension is over, and the forward is eligible to return Saturday in Carolina.
Impact: Eichel was suspended for two games as a result of his hit to the head of Colorado's Carl Soderberg. The captain figures to slot back into a first-line center role Saturday versus the Hurricanes. In two meetings with Carolina this season, Eichel has an even-strength assist while posting a cumulative rating of minus-4.
News: Larsson failed to record a point, finishing with a minus-1 rating in Thursday's 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh.
Impact: With just 10 points through 61 games, Larsson holds little fantasy value in 2018-19. Since Jan. 1, the fourth-liner has scored one goal and tallied three assists in 27 games. We recommend looking elsewhere to fill out your fantasy rosters.
News: Hutton was shredded to the tune of five goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Hutton was perfect in the first period but allowed three goals in the middle period before giving up two more in the final frame. Thursday's result equates to four straight losses for Hutton, and his record moves to 16-20-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .910 save percentage.
News: Hutton will start in net for Thursday's home tilt against the Penguins, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Hutton has perhaps deserved a better fate in his last five games, recording a 1-2-2 record to go along with a 2.73 GAA and .928 save percentage in that span. The 33-year-old will likely be busy when he faces an offense that averages 32.7 shots per game.
News: Bogosian (undisclosed) will not suit up in Thursday's home game against Pittsburgh, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Bogosian came into the game considered day-to-day, and will keep that tag following his absence from Thursday's contest. He has been decent this campaign, accumulating just 17 points in 61 games. With Bogosian out, Casey Nelson will draw into the lineup.
News: Bogosian (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day ahead of Thursday's matchup with Pittsburgh, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Bogosian is still being evaluated, but his day-to-day label suggests he likely won't be sidelined long term with his undisclosed injury. Nonetheless, the veteran blueliner should be considered questionable at best for Thursday's game against the Penguins at this juncture.
News: Ullmark stopped 25 of 27 shots in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Stars.
Impact: Dallas rookie Roope Hintz beat him twice in a six-minute span in the second period, and with Ben Bishop locked in at the other end of the ice, that was a letdown Ullmark couldn't afford. The 25-year-old is now 1-6-0 over his last seven starts with a 3.89 GAA and .887 save percentage, but the Sabres seem content to keep him in a timeshare with Carter Hutton for now.
News: Bogosian didn't play the third period of Tuesday's loss to the Stars due to an undisclosed injury, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Bogosian finished the game with 13:32 TOI. He rarely marks points on the scoresheet, but Bogosian is a solid defensive contributor with 79 hits and 108 blocked shots through 61 games. The 28-year-old will need to recover quickly if he wants to play Thursday versus the Penguins; otherwise Casey Nelson is expected to crack the lineup.
News: Ullmark will tend twine Tuesday as a home starter versus the Stars, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Ullmark is caught in a rut, with the Swede having allowed at least three goals in five of his last six appearances -- he's maintained a 4.22 GAA and .881 save percentage over that span. Buffalo's No. 2 netminder will now field shots against a Dallas team that has six wins in the past 10 games.
News: Eichel has been suspended two games for Saturday's hit to the head of Colorado's Carl Soderberg, Mike Harrington of TBNSports reports.
Impact: This is an ill-timed suspension for owners counting on some late-season heroics from the 2015 second-overall pick. Eichel will miss home games Tuesday and Thursday against Dallas and Pittsburgh, respectively, before getting the chance to add to his season total of 72 points through 65 games Saturday in Carolina.
News: Reinhart is pointless and has a minus-4 rating over the last four games.
Impact: Reinhart is logging time on the top line with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner, but the unit has been cold despite the excess of talent. The 23-year-old has already marked a career high with 58 points through 68 games. He'll need to reignite his offense quickly if the Sabres want to climb back into the playoff race, though the latter seems like a longshot for the struggling young team.
News: Nylander was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday.
Impact: The 21-year-old hasn't progressed as Buffalo would have hoped, accumulating just 25 points in 44 AHL games in his third full pro season. Nylander will get his first shot with the big club this campaign, and has just two points in seven games in his NHL career. His first chance to suit up in game action will be Tuesday at home against Dallas.
News: Eichel will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit to the head of Carl Soderberg in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As Eichel and Soderberg both raced to a loose puck, Eichel dished out a hit and his shoulder made direct contact with Soderberg's head. He received a two-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head. Considering the head was the main point of contact and Soderberg didn't have possession of the puck, a suspension appears imminent for Eichel. This will be the first hearing of his career.
News: Hutton made 40 saves Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Colorado.
Impact: He allowed two goals. Hutton has one win since the start of February and has been hot and cold. Not Saturday. He was on fire, but got no help from his teammates this time out. Use caution with Hutton -- the Sabres can't string together many periods of consistent hockey, so their goalies are hung out to dry.
News: Hutton will tend the net Saturday against the Avalanche in Denver, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Despite 41 saves against the Blackhawks on Thursday, Hutton came up short in the shootout, dropping his record to 16-18-5. He returns to the cage against an Avalanche club that received devastating news Friday that Gabriel Landeskog (upper body) will be out for the next 4-6 weeks. Colorado sports a minus-3 goal differential in the second half and a minus-5 mark over four March contests, so Hutton should have a decent chance at getting back in the win column.
News: Girgensons hasn't scored a goal in 32 consecutive games.
Impact: Girgensons is struggling to score, but he has at least collected seven assists during that 32-game stretch. He's played in 60 contests for the Sabres, meaning his goal drought has taken up more than half his season. He's stuck on Buffalo's fourth line, so don't expect him to score often even when he does end the drought.
News: Rodrigues recorded two assists but Chicago prevailed 5-4 in a shootout Thursday.
Impact: The Sabres forward has not scored since Feb. 7 -- spanning 14 games -- but Rodrigues has pitched in with six helpers in those contests. With 26 points in 61 games, the 25-year-old has set a new career high for points in a single season.
News: Sobotka scored his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago.
Impact: Sobotka missed Buffalo's previous three contests with an upper-body injury, but the 31-year-old wasted little time making an impact in his return, scoring the first of three second-period goals put home by the Sabres. Unfortunately, the road team would succumb in a shootout. The fourth-line center has posted 12 points in 61 games this season.
News: Bogosian scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Bogosian's goal was his first since Nov. 19, giving him three for the season to go along with 14 assists. The veteran blueliner missed Buffalo's previous game with a lower-body injury.
News: Hutton turned aside 41 of 45 shots in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Hutton was under siege most of the night, and while his play was impressive for stretches, Buffalo's netminder would certainly like to have a couple of the shots that beat him back. In the shootout, all three Chicago shooters found the back of the net, leading to a home team win. With Thursday's shootout defeat, Hutton now has dropped back-to-back starts, moving his record to 16-18-5 with a 2.84 GAA and .911 save percentage.
News: Sobotka (upper body) will be active for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, per Sabres coach Phil Housley.
Impact: Sobotka will get back in the swing of things after a three-game injury layoff, though his upside is capped as a bottom-six contributor for a team with its odds of making the playoffs reduced to a fractional value. The Czech center has compiled four goals and seven assists to go with a minus-14 rating through 60 games this season; perhaps not a satisfactory level of production for a guy making $3.5 million AAV on a three-year deal.
News: Hutton will defend the cage on the road versus Chicago on Thursday.
Impact: Hutton has struggled of late, as he is 1-1-1 with a 2.62 GAA in his previous five outings, which includes getting the hook versus Toronto on Feb. 25 after giving up three goals on just 12 shots. The netminder hasn't lived up to expectations after being signed in the offseason and has been benched in favor of youngster Linus Ullmark for stretches of the season. The two netminders figure to split the workload the rest of the way.
News: Bogosian (lower body) will return to action Thursday against the Blackhawks, Joe Yerdon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bogosian reportedly had a strong practice Wednesday, foreshadowing his return to the lineup for Thursday's tilt after a one-game absence. While his 15 points through 58 games may not entice many fantasy owners, the veteran blueliner rewards owners in leagues that include the gritty stats such as blocked shots (103) and hits (73).
News: Bogosian (lower body) looked good in practice, but a decision on his return won't be made until Thursday.
Impact: Bogosian missed Monday's tilt with the Oilers, but it sounds like he won't be out for much longer. He remains a key part of the Sabres defense, logging an average 21:40 per game, including 2:40 on the penalty kill. His 73 hits and 103 blocks make him valuable in leagues that count those categories, and he's rewarded owners by chipping in 15 points along the way.
News: Sobotka (upper body) looked good in practice, but a decision on his return won't be made until Thursday.
Impact: Sobotka has missed the past three contests with an upper body injury. He had just a single point in his prior 15 games, and has only 11 points in 60 games on the campaign. His absence will only affect the deepest of leagues.
News: Skinner had an assist on a power-play goal in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: Skinner has four points, all helpers, in his last six contests, with three of the apples coming with a man advantage. He's fired 24 shots over that span, but his scoring luck just isn't there right now. A career 11.3 percent shooter, Skinner likely won't go much longer before finding twine again. He has 58 points and 220 shots in 66 games this season.
News: Wilson dished a helper in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers
Impact: It's his first point in six games since being summoned from AHL Rochester. Wilson is typically used more for his physicality, but he's had only 12 hits since the recall while averaging 10:40 per game. Wilson isn't likely to generate enough in any category to warrant attention by fantasy owners.
News: Ristolainen provided a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: The Finnish defenseman recorded three hits and two blocked shots in the contest. Ristolainen has three assists and 33 hits over his last eight appearances. For the season, he's up to 39 points in 66 games with 203 hits, and he has 104 blocks and 159 shots on goal as well. With production across so many categories and a coveted first-unit power-play position, Ristolainen is a valuable defenseman to fantasy owners that can offset his minus-33 rating.
News: Pominville registered an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: Pominville has found himself on the third line in recent games, and it was there that he earned the secondary helper on a Casey Mittelstadt goal. Over his last 10 games, Pominville has two goals and three assists while firing 18 shots on goal. The 36-year-old winger has racked up 28 points in 60 contests this season, and he should finish the season around 35 points barring an injury down the stretch.
News: Mittelstadt scored a goal on five shots in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: Mittelstadt now has two goals in his last four games. In his first full NHL campaign, the American center has 21 points in 62 games, although he does carry a minus-10 rating. Eight of his points have come with the man advantage. At just 20 years old, Mittelstadt is developing just fine into a future second-line center behind the Sabres' top star, Jack Eichel.
News: Eichel scored two goals, one on the power play, in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Eichel's man-advantage tally tied the game 2:42 into the first period, and an unassisted goal near the end of the frame gave Buffalo a 3-1 advantage before it all fell apart late in the second period. Eichel matched his career high in goals with 25 (set last season) as well as pushing his points to 72 in 63 contests. The center added five shots on goal in the contest, giving him 252 this year. Assuming he avoids a deep drought, Eichel's in line for his first point-per-game season in his four-year career.
News: Hutton stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period of Monday's 4-3 loss to Oilers.
Impact: Linus Ullmark started this game, but got blitzed at the end of the second period. Hutton kept the Sabres in the hunt, but they couldn't crack the Oilers' Mikko Koskinen in the final frame. Hutton's record holds at 16-18-4, with a 2.82 GAA and a .911 save percentage. There's a good chance Hutton gets the start Thursday in Chicago if coach Phil Housley makes the decision based on Monday's performance.
News: Ullmark yielded four goals on 20 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: After Ullmark gave up three goals over the final 3:31 of the second period, coach Phil Housley opted to give Carter Hutton a chance in the third period. Ullmark's record fell to 14-10-4 with a 3.13 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The Sabres head on the road to meet the Blackhawks on Thursday, and it's likely Hutton starts that game in the blue paint.
News: Bogosian (lower body) is considered day-to-day after missing Monday's game against Edmonton, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Bogosian has dealt with a myriad of injuries over the last few seasons but could reach the 70-game plateau for the first time since the 2010-11 season. His current injury doesn't appear to be serious, though his status for Thursday's game in Chicago remains unclear.
News: Bogosian (undisclosed) did not participate in warmups and will not play against Edmonton on Monday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: No word on what is keeping Bogosian from suiting up, but whatever it is it will keep the veteran blueliner from facing the Oilers. In his place, Casey Nelson will be making his return to Buffalo's lineup, playing in his first game since Dec. 4.
News: Sobotka (upper body) didn't participate in line rushes at Monday's game-day skate and is expected to miss the clash with Edmonton, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Sobotka will miss his third game due to his upper-body issue. The center has managed just one point in his previous 15 outings, while averaging 12:56 of ice time. Last season with the Blues, the Czech notched 31 points, but will likely struggle to put up 20 this season due to several extended slumps.
News: Ullmark will start Monday's contest against the Oilers, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ullmark will already be making his third start in the month of March, having split the first two while allowing seven goals on 75 shots (.907 save percentage). The 25-year-old Swede will likely be a popular DFS play in this meager, two-game slate, as the visiting Oilers rank last among the four teams in action with an average of 2.77 goals per game.
News: McCabe will be out five-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury.
Impact: It looks like the injury that knocked McCabe out of Saturday's game against Toronto is a significant one. The blueliner has tied his career high with four goals this season, but his 14 points in 55 games had McCabe off most fantasy radars even before this injury.
News: Sobotka (upper body) took part in Monday's practice, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Sobotka's availability in the morning session bodes well for his chances of suiting up for Monday's game against the Oilers. Check back prior to puck drop for confirmation on the bottom-six center's status.
News: Ullmark made 27 saves in a 5-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.
Impact: He allowed four goals. It was an adventure in net all night for Ullmark, who was out of shape and off-angle all night long. He had no idea where the puck was on many long shots off the backboards. And rebounds were a game of roulette. Ullmark is better than this, but he's hard to trust right now. This was his fourth loss in five games.
News: McCabe left Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs with an injury and did not return, Mike Harrington of TBN Sports reports.
Impact: McCabe was involved in a scrum late in the second and then did not join the team for the start of the third period. The Sabres are hosting the Oilers on Monday, so the defenseman won't have long to get healthy. If McCabe can't play, Matt Hunwick could be in the lineup.
News: Sobotka (upper body) is out against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Lance Lysowski of TBN Sports reports.
Impact: Sobotka wasn't able to play Friday, so it's not surprising he's unable to go Saturday as well. Of course, since the Sabres played without the center just a day ago, they don't have to worry about figuring out their lineup without him. Buffalo next plays Monday at home against the Oilers.
News: Scandella (lower body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Scandella's return will bolster the Sabres' depth at defense, but it will likely go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he's only notched 10 points in 50 contests this campaign.
News: Ullmark will defend the road net against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Ullmark was deployed in an overtime win over the Penguins on Friday, stopping 41 of 44 shots in the process. Evidently not too taxed to go to work in back-to-back games, he'll face a Toronto team that ranks fourth in the league in scoring (3.56 goals per game) and reportedly will counter with No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen.
News: Okposo set up a goal in Friday's overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: The assist marks Okposo's first point since returning from a concussion Feb. 25. It's certainly encouraging to see him contributing, considering his concussion history could have forced him to take a slower recovery. He has taken a step back, though, sitting at 23 points in 60 games after compiling 44 points in 76 contests last season.
News: Montour scored a goal at even strength and added a power-play assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins.
Impact: Playing his first home game as a Sabre, Montour put together his first multi-point effort in over a month. The 24-year-old now has six goals and 27 points through 64 games, but his fantasy ceiling remains capped with the two Rasmuses (Dahlin and Ristolainen) dominating the point with the man advantage in Buffalo.
News: Sheary scored two goals -- the first on the power play, and the second the overtime winner -- and added an assist in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
Impact: After spending his first three NHL seasons in Pittsburgh, Sheary headed to Buffalo and hasn't been as productive as he was in his breakout 2016-17 campaign, but the 26-year-old does have 11 goals and 29 points through 60 games -- one fewer point than he managed last year in 19 fewer contests. Given that he only had two points (both helpers) in his prior nine games, however, a repeat of this performance any time soon seems unlikely.
News: Ullmark turned aside 41 of 44 shots in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins.
Impact: Making the performance even more impressive was the fact that the first two Pittsburgh goals came off deflections, while the third was a wicked one-timer by Sidney Crosby on the power play that Ullmark had little chance of stopping. Carter Hutton has been seeing the bulk of the action in net lately for Buffalo, in no small part due to Ullmark coughing up 11 goals total in his prior two starts, but if the 25-year-old has regained his focus he should quickly work his way back into at least a timeshare.
News: Sabres coach Phil Housley has deemed Hutton (lower body) "OK" ahead of Friday's home game against the Penguins. Still, Linus Ullmark will draw the start.
Impact: Hutton appears fit to serve as the backup against the visiting Pens. He probably would've been rested for this one anyway, given that he could be spotted between the pipes for four straight contests prior to sustaining his injury in Thursday's practice.
News: Sobotka (upper body) was re-evaluated Friday morning, but he's still deemed day-to-day ahead of the evening's game against the Penguins, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It appears that Sobotka will miss his fourth game of the 2018-19 campaign. Even when healthy, his playing time has been fleeting, so consider looking elsewhere for a fantasy center. There's not much to like about his output of 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and minus-14 rating through 60 games as a first-year Sabre.
News: Scandella (lower body) remains day-to-day ahead of Friday's game against the Penguins, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This means Scandella has virtually no chance of suiting up against the Pens, though it doesn't seem like an injury that will keep on him on the shelf for much longer, either. Newcomer Brandon Montour -- a castoff from the Ducks -- has bolstered the blue-line corps for the Sabres, and that puts Scandella in position to return when he's 100 percent.
News: Ullmark will command the crease Friday against the visiting Penguins, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ullmark is stuck in a rut, as he's winless with a 4.40 GAA and .878 save percentage over a particularly rough stretch within the Eastern Conference. A date with the Penguins -- a team averaging 3.44 goals per game; fifth in the league -- doesn't exactly inspire confidence in DFS players searching for a goalie to stream on Friday's unusually large eight-game slate.
News: Coach Phil Housley clarified Sandella's injury as lower-body and he remains day-to-day heading into Friday's clash with the Penguins, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Fortunately, Scandella's latest injury isn't related to the upper-body injury that landed him on IR earlier in February. There's a chance the issue is related to one of the three blocked shots or two hits he delivered during Tuesday's contest, with the blueliner taking the ice for just 13:59 of action. Regardless, Scandella's status shouldn't have a large impact on fantasy leagues given his 10 points through 50 games this season.
News: Scandella is considered day-to-day due to an undisclosed injury, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unclear if Scandella's latest problem is related to the upper-body issue that kept him out for four games in late February. If the Montreal native is ruled out against Pittsburgh on Friday, Matt Hunwick figures to slot into the Sabres' third pairing.
News: Sobotka is considered day-to-day heading into Friday's clash with Pittsburgh due to an upper-body injury, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Sobotka -- who missed the third period of Tuesday's matchup with the Flyers -- has struggled to produce this season, as he has just one point in his previous 15 contests. If he is unable to give it a go, the center's spot in the lineup will likely go to Johan Larsson, while Evan Rodrigues moves back to the middle.
News: Hutton sustained a lower-body injury at practice Thursday, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With the Sabres heading into a back-to-back against Pittsburgh and Toronto on Friday and Saturday, respectively, it seems likely Hutton will be given the second game in order to give him more time to rest up. In his previous four outings, the Thunder Bay native has been middling at best, as he is 1-1-1 with a 2.85 GAA. Look for the 32-year-old to split the load the rest of the way with Linus Ullmark.
News: Montour was held off the scoresheet during Tuesday's loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Montour was held out of the lineup during Monday's contest as a result of traveling from Anaheim, but made his Sabres debut Tuesday night. He had 18:11 of ice time, including 2:10 on Buffalo's second power-play unit. Montour was a minus-1 rating during the game, but fired three shots on net, with two blocks and three hits. He has five goals and 25 points on the campaign, and could see his value rise playing on a more offensive-minded squad.
News: Sheary had an even-strength assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's road loss to the Flyers.
Impact: The assist was Sheary's second in three games, and he's bumped his point total up to 26 in 59 games. The 26-year-old has seen more ice time in the month of February, accumulating 14:40 of average time on ice and 1:41 of average power-play time in 13 games.
News: Rodrigues has five points while averaging 16:42 of average ice time in his last 13 games.
Impact: With a solid February, Rodrigues was able to push his point total up to 23 in 57 games this campaign. The fact that he's averaged 1:39 of power-play time in that span only adds to his fantasy prospects. With two more points in his last three games, the 25-year-old could be poised for a strong closing stretch.
News: O'Regan was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Wednesday.
Impact: The Sabres didn't use the promising center in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, but perhaps they should have, as the team ended up with a 5-2 road loss. O'Regan will pick up where he left off with the AHL's Amerks, having posted 18 goals and 34 points over 53 games this season.
News: Hutton stopped 40 of 44 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Philly's final goal mercifully came into an empty net, as Hutton was forced to make his most saves since the second game of the season, when he kicked aside 43 shots against the Rangers. He's started four straight games as the Sabres focus on determining whether he or Linus Ullmark will be their No. 1 netminder next season, but Hutton's recent work isn't exactly moving the needle in that competition -- he's 1-4-1 over his last seven outings with a 3.09 GAA and .906 save percentage.
News: Sobotka (undisclosed) didn't play in the third period of Tuesday's game versus the Flyers due to an undisclosed injury, Joe Yerdon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The team said he would be evaluated and it would release information either Tuesday night or after Wednesday's morning skate. Sobotka has struggled to contribute offensively this season with 11 points in 59 games and a brutal minus-14 rating. Tage Thompson and Danny O'Regan both were healthy scratches in this game, so one of them figures to slot in if Sobotka can't play Friday versus the Penguins.
News: Thompson is a healthy scratch for Tuedsay's game versus the Flyers, Joe Yerdon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: He's in the midst of a 12-game pointless slump, and the 21-year-old has a minus-4 rating and just 19 shots on net in that span. Scott Wilson will fill his place on the third line, while Thompson's next chance to enter the lineup will be Friday versus the Penguins.
News: Hutton will start in net Tuesday against the Flyers in Philadelphia, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Following a pair of strong efforts between the pipes, Hutton was yanked from Monday's game against the Maple Leafs after he let in three goals on just 12 shots. Despite the showing, he won't get any time to dwell on it with another game on tap Tuesday. The Flyers traded away Wayne Simmonds prior to Monday's trade deadline, so the opposing lineup figures to have a little less punch.
News: Mittelstadt (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Mittelstadt will return to a bottom-six role Tuesday, centering the Sabres' second line against the Flyers. The 19-year-old rookie has notched 19 points while posting a minus-7 rating in 58 appearances this season.
News: O'Regan was called up from AHL Rochester on Tuesday.
Impact: Following the trade deadline, the league afforded teams four standard recalls, so O'Regan gets bumped right back up to Buffalo. The 25-year-old has skated in 25 games in his NHL career, racking up just five points. Though he was recalled, it's unclear whether or not the German will suit up in Tuesday's tilt against the Flyers.
News: Dahlin picked up two assists, both on the power play, in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: The first overall pick in the 2018 draft certainly isn't playing like an 18-year-old. Dahlin has four goals and 16 points in 22 games since the calendar flipped to 2019, with seven of those points (two goals, five helpers) coming with the man advantage. The Sabres have a ton of young talent on their power play, and that alone should ensure Dahlin doesn't slow down too much over the final weeks of his rookie season.
News: Reinhart scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: The 23-year-old continues to build on his breakout campaign. Reinhart has five goals and eight points over his last six games, pushing his totals on the season to 18 goals and a career-high 57 points through 62 contests. With a spot on the Sabres' top power-play unit secure, he should stay plenty productive down the stretch.
News: Eichel scored two goals, one on the power play, in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: He's hit the scoresheet in 11 of the last 12 games, piling up five goals and 15 points over that stretch. Eichel has now reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth straight season and has already established a new career high with 68 points through 59 games, and he's showing no signs of slowing down.
News: Ullmark stopped 19 of 21 shots after replacing Carter Hutton early in the second period of Monday's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: While he performed better than Hutton did on the night, Ullmark still got saddled with his third straight loss. The 25-year-old has had a rough February, posting a 3.60 GAA and .889 save percentage over eight outings, but he should continue splitting starts with Hutton down the stretch.