Buffalo Sabres Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Beaulieu (illness) will not play Tuesday against Ottawa, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Beaulieu will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to recover from an illness that saw him lose a bunch of weight. It's been a trying season for Beaulieu and the Sabres already, and it's not even at the halfway mark yet. Victor Antipin will draw into the lineup and skate with Josh Gorges on the third pairing.
News: Kane was skating on the third line with Evan Rodrigues and Sam Reinhart on Tuesday, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Head coach Phil Housley keeps shuffling the lines, but the results remain the same; the Sabres are one of the worst teams in the league yet again, and have shown no real signs of improvement. Kane has been one of the team's few bright spots, and in an effort to spark the team and provide more balanced scoring, Kane will not be playing with his usual center, Jack Eichel. No matter which line Kane plays on, he'll get his minutes, so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about this "demotion." The Sabre have a soft schedule coming up with dates against the Sens, Flyers and Hurricanes.
News: Lehner will start between the posts for Tuesday night's home game against the Senators, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Despite pulling out just one win in his last three starts, Lehner has actually been solid recently, putting up a .940 save percentage while facing an astounding 133 shots on goal over that span. The Swede will look to keep up the good form and grab a W against a struggling Ottawa squad that has been shutout in three of its last four contests.
News: Rodrigues scored both goals for the Sabres in Sunday's 3-2 OT loss at St. Louis.
Impact: Rodrigues was playing in just his third game this season after coming back from a hand injury.
News: Kane had an assist in Sunday's 3-2 OT loss at St. Louis.
Impact: Kane, who ranks second on the Sabres with 59 hits, has a four-game point streak.
News: Beaulieu (illness) remains day-to-day and will need a little more time to recover, but is optimistic he can play Tuesday.
Impact: Beaulieu was forced to leave the game on Dec. 2 against Pittsburgh after throwing up twice on the bench, and in the days following revealed that he had lost a lot of weight. Acquired in a trade from Montreal after a season that saw him notch career highs in goals, assists, points, shots and ice time, Beaulieu hasn't been able to get into a groove this season with just three assists and a minus-9 rating in 20 games. He's considered a game-time decision Tuesday but fantasy owners would be wise to stay away from the Sabres in another disappointing season.
News: Josefson (ankle) skated Monday but remains week-to-week.
Impact: Josefson is ahead of schedule, but there's no return date set. The Sabres will be careful not to rush him back, because the last time Josefson returned ahead of schedule, he re-injured his ankle. The veteran forward has two points in nine games this season in his first season with the Sabres.
News: Eichel racked up 10 PIM and was a minus-3 in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Impact: It was a frustrating night for Eichel, who was on the ice for all three goals against, including the overtime winner in which Vladimir Tarasenko blew right past him. He did have points in three straight contests entering Sunday, but the young center posted a minus-6 rating in back-to-back overtime losses. Eichel is an automatic roll every game, and the 26 PIM are a nice bonus this season, but the Sabres' overall struggles are leading to lackluster PIM and power-play totals for the 21-year-old. If the team can build off its recent better play, Eichel will be one to watch in the second half.
News: Rodrigues scored both of the team's goals in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Impact: Rodrigues was doing well with AHL Rochester before his callup and he's continued that strong play with the Sabres. The 24-year-old had an assist against Chicago on Friday and struck twice, including once on the power play, Sunday against St. Louis. The 24-year-old only had six points in 30 games with Buffalo last season and isn't some type of savior for the team's offensive woes, but Rodrigues is worth keeping an eye on if he sticks on that power-play unit.
News: Lehner gave up three goals on 45 shots in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blues.
Impact: This was the second straight overtime defeat for Lehner, who played very well in both outings. He may only have one win in his last five appearances, but Lehner is doing everything he can to try and turn things around for Buffalo. The 26-year-old owns a decent .910 save percentage, but it's his 6-12-4 record that poses a problem for fantasy goers. Lehner holds some fantasy value due to his heavy workload, but it might be best to shy away from him until the team improves its play.
News: Lehner will tend the twine for Sunday's contest against St. Louis.
Impact: Despite some poor season-long stats with a 2.92 GAA and .906 save percentage, Lehner has put in stellar performances as of late. Over his past two starts, Lehner allowed five goals and owned an impressive .943 save percentage. That being said, Lehner faces a tough matchup Sunday, as the Central Division-leading Blues average 3.30 goals per game, the seventh-best mark in the NHL.
News: Wilson picked up his first point with his new team on Friday when he assisted on RW Kyle Okposo's goal in the second period.
Impact: Buffalo acquired Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.
News: Lehner was left shaking his head in a quiet locker room after Friday's game in which he made 48 saves on 51 shots in a loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: After dropping six of his previous seven outings, Lehner has stopped 83 of 88 shots in his last two.
News: Eichel recorded an assist, a minus-2 rating and six shots in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: The 21-year-old has points in the last three games, but he remains off his impressive pace from 2016-17, when he posted 57 points in 61 games. He also has a minus-8 rating, making him a liability in that category. Eichel is also off his shots-on-goal pace from last season, but he could record a career high in that column if he stays healthy.
News: Lehner stopped 48 shots but lost 3-2 in overtime against the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: The 26-year-old turned aside 26 shots in the first two periods alone to give the Sabres a lead, but they gave up the game-tying goal in a lopsided third period, and the Blackhawks scored the winner with five seconds left in overtime. He didn't get the victory, but Lehner was fantastic and has posted two strong games in a row, resulting in a .943 save percentage. The Sabres need this kind of performance every game in order to have a chance to win.
News: Okposo (undisclosed) will be in the lineup against Chicago on Friday, despite sitting out the morning skate, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Okposo enters Friday's tilt bogged down in a five-game pointless streak during which he has tallied just 10 shots on goal, two PIM and a minus-5 rating. With a mere 11 points through the first 26 games, Okposo may struggle to reach the 40-point mark for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season when he was with the Islanders. The winger's chances of ending his drought took a hit when Corey Crawford (undisclosed) was announced as the starting netminder for the Blackhawks.
News: Lehner will defend the net from host Chicago on Friday night, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks rank seventh in the league with an impressive 52.1 Corsi For percentage in 5-on-5 situations this season, meaning they're doing well when it comes to controlling the puck. Chicago is mired in a five-game losing streak, but Lehner reportedly will be countered by Corey Crawford, who's returning from an undisclosed injury. Anything can happen in today's NHL, but Lehner has been wildly inconsistent on the way to suboptimal peripherals (2.93 GAA, .906 save percentage) through 21 appearances this season.
News: Beaulieu (illness) will sit out Friday's contest in Chicago, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The 2011 first-rounder has been battling the flu since being forced to leave Saturday's game against Pittsburgh and hasn't even been able to practice since. Buffalo will be hoping that Beaulieu is feeling well enough to practice prior to the team's game Sunday against the Blues, which is the next possible time for him to return to the lineup. With Beaulieu on the mend, Victor Antipin will continue on the Sabres' back end.
News: Eichel had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Avs.
Impact: It was the first multi-point game for Eichel, who had just one assist in his previous four contests.
News: Nylander was not on Team Sweden's preliminary roster for the World Juniors, WGR 550 reports.
Impact: There's no real reason for panic or anger; Nylander was left off the roster because the Sabres have yet to decide whether or not they'll release him for the annual tournament. Last year, Nylander was Sweden's top forward and one of the best players in the tournament, and despite missing the start of the season due to injury, he's considered a lock if the Sabres allow him to attend. There may some hesitation because Nylander played poorly after returning from the World Juniors last year, and the Sabres may want him to stay in the AHL for the entire season as they continue to groom him for a roster spot for the 2018-19 season. That said, new GM Jason Botterill seems to be a fan of these types of tournaments and there's still a decent chance the team allows Nylander to play.
News: O' Reilly contributed a pair of assists in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche.
Impact: The Sabres have been struggling and O'Reilly had been held off the scoresheet in six straight games. His seven goals and 18 points through 28 contests are decent and he's still on track for another 20-goal, 50-60 point campaign. Despite the recent drought, the second-line center is fairly consistent and makes for a solid fantasy play in most formats.
News: McCabe scored his first goal of the season, added a helper, dished out four hits and blocked five shots in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche.
Impact: McCabe doesn't contribute much in terms of offense, but fantasy goers couldn't have asked for a much better fantasy performance. With just six points and a minus-9 rating in 28 games, the second-pairing blueliner still isn't worth owning in most formats. His defensive stats make him valuable in some specialty leagues, but steer clear if you need offensive production.
News: Pouliot scored his seventh goal of the season and added two helpers in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche.
Impact: It was a rare offensive explosion from Pouliot, who has just 10 points in 28 games. He was scoring at a decent rate earlier in the season, but this was just his first appearance on the scoresheet in 10 contests. Pouliot can be of value in deeper leagues, but he's too inconsistent and doesn't see enough power-play time to warrant a play in most shallow formats.
News: Eichel netted his eighth goal of the season and added a helper in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche.
Impact: The goal came on an empty net, but they all count the same in the end. Eichel now has a point in each of the last five games the Sabres have scored in. He's been shooting more recently and there are signs that he's about to heat up. Eichel hasn't been a bad fantasy forward this season with 22 points (eight goals) through 28 contests, but he's certainly capable of doing more. Keep him rolling, as he appears to be heading in the right direction.
News: Lehner stopped 35 of 37 shots in Tuesday's win over Colorado.
Impact: Lehner turned in an excellent showing and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process. The 26-year-old came up big on several occasions and now advances to 6-12-2 on the season with a .906 save percentage. The Sabres had really been struggling entering Tuesday, and Lehner had been no exception, so it's hard to be to be too optimistic about him right now. He sees a heavy workload. but wait for consistent play from the team before getting him in your lineup regularly.
News: Moulson was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Tuesday.
Impact: Rather than sending Moulson to the Sabres' affiliate -- AHL Rochester -- he instead will go out on loan to AHL Ontario, which is tied to Los Angeles. General manager Jason Botterill stated the team "felt that with our young forwards in place in Rochester, we did not want to take away from their development and ice time by adding another veteran player at this time." If the winger is going to be traded to another club, the Kings would appear to have the inside track, although Buffalo would likely have to retain some of his $5 million cap hit.
News: Girgensons will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against Colorado, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Girgensons made his presence felt Saturday against Pittsburgh with six hits, but also hasn't registered a single point since Oct. 14, a drought of 19 games. Through 24 games this season he's scored just three points and for the fourth straight season his ice time has dipped and it's currently at a career-low of 11:47. Time and patience is running out for the two-way Latvian forward, whose career started on a positive note but has been in a tailspin ever since. In an effort to inject more offense into the lineup, recent call-ups Evan Rodrigues and Hudson Fasching will draw in, as will Scott Wilson, who was recently acquired from Pittsburgh.
News: Beaulieu (illness) will not dress Tuesday against the Avs, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Beaulieu sustained an undisclosed injury Saturday against the Pens, and it's unclear if it's got anything to do with the illness that's keeping him out of the lineup Tuesday. He's considered day-to-day, so it's not believed to be serious. Victor Antipin will draw into the lineup. The Sabres don't play against until Friday, which gives plenty of time for Beaulieu to rest up. Acquired via trade, Beaulieu has just three assists in 20 games this season and has yet to really get comfortable in Buffalo after a breakout season last year that saw him score 28 points and average over 19 minutes per game.
News: Lehner will tend the twine for Tuesday's clash with Colorado, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Lehner has been struggling of late, as he is 1-5-0 with a 2.74 GAA in his last six outings. After giving up four tallies to the Penguins on Friday, the netminder was given the day off in the reverse clash Saturday -- in which Chad Johnson was shelled for five goals. With the Sabres underperforming, the trade rumors will continue to swirl about one of these goalies heading to a playoff contender.