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Jeff Skinner scored two goals in the Sabres' 7-4 loss to the Kraken on Monday. He was a minus three with two goals, one PPG, four SOG and a hit in 20:00 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Skinner has had two down years in a row after putting up 40 goals three years ago. Without Jack Eichel those numbers are not coming back. He is worth a stash to see if he can produce at a high level once again.

Category: Game Recaps

Dustin Tokarski lit up in loss

Mon, Nov 29th 10:34pm EST
By Douglas Roth

Dustin Tokarski allowed six goals in the Sabres' 7-4 loss to the Kraken on Monday. He saved 25-31 shots against in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: After a terrible start like this Tokarski is showing he is not a starter in this league. He should not be added in any fantasy leagues and should be kept on the wavier wire in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Rasmus Dahlin tallied two assists in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jackets. Dahlin finished the night with a -3 rating and four SOG in 26 minutes on the ice.

Fantasy Impact: Dahlin now has 12 points in 18 games this season. He is one the of the best options for the Sabers to add to the score sheet and can be a useful fill in.

Category: Game Recaps

Colin Miller tallied assists eight and nine of the season in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jackets. He logged three SOG, two hits, and two blocks in 23 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: Miller now has 11 points in 18 games this season. Although Miller has been relatively productive to start the season, the Sabers are struggling and that could limit any upside.

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Tage Thompson scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season in a 7-4 Sabers loss. Thompson had five SOG and a -1 rating in almost 17 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson now has goals in back to back games and in three of his last five games. With 13 points on the season, he is a good bench option at this time.

Category: Game Recaps

Victor Olofsson tallied his sixth assist of the season in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jackets. Olofsson finished with one SOG, two blocks, and a -1 rating on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Olofsson now has 11 points in 10 games this season. Tonight also marks five straight games with at least one point for the Sabers winger. He is worth a roster spot and could be a starting option if his hot streak continues.

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Kyle Okposo scored his fourth goal of the season Tuesday night that would end up being the game-winning goal for the Buffalo Sabres in their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fantasy Impact: Okposo has been a pleasant surprise for the Buffalo Sabres this season. With most of their key veterans departing from last season's squad, the Sabres have utilized Okposo's veteran leadership and skill and it has resulted in four goals and five assists for nine points. Okposo will look to continue his solid start against the Calgary Flames Thursday night.

Category: Game Recaps

Dylan Cozens added an assist on Colin Miller's second period goal Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fantasy Impact: Cozens seems to be slowly getting a better feel for the NHL, with only 56 games played in his young career. He is up to eight points this season and looks more comfortable with each game that passes. The Sabres will look to lean on Cozens more and more as he grows into his top-6 center role.

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Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato mentioned Casey Mittelstadt is progressing nicely as he is the closest to returning to action out of all of the Sabres’ injured players. The timeline is still not exact, but Granato says it could be less than a few weeks. (Source: Buffalo Sabres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Mittelstadt failed to register a point in his only game played this season, he should immediately be placed somewhere in the top-6 forward group and should see plenty of ice time. You can’t expect a big impact, but could be a quiet, yet good pick up if the the team continues to outperform expectations.

Category: Injury Updates

Cody Eakin found the back of the net in Buffalo's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday. He finished the game with a goal, a minus-1 rating, two PIM and three shots.

Fantasy Impact: Eakin took advantage of a tumbling Alex Ovechkin while he was trying to exit the zone. He promptly picked up the puck and ripped a wrister past the Caps netminder for his second of the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jack Eichel traded

Thu, Nov 4th 8:45am EDT
By Jesse Garcia

Per Darren Dreger on Twitter, the Buffalo Sabers have traded Jack Eichel and a 2023 3rd round pick to the Vegas Golden Knights for a 1st in 2022, a 3rd in 2023, Peyton Krebs, and Alex Tuch. (Source: @DarrenDreger)

Fantasy Impact: Eichel is still in need of disc replacement surgery. When Eichel returns to the ice, he will join a very powerful Vegas scoring attack.

Taylor Hall had a plus-minus of negative two with one shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-0 loss against the Islanders.

Fantasy Impact: Hall usually doesn't have many games like this, he is just getting off the covid-19 list. Limit expectations for Hall for the next few games. He will bounce back sooner rather than later.

Category: Game Recaps

Carter Hutton allowed two goals in Tuesday's 3-0 loss against the Islanders.

Fantasy Impact: Hutton is now 1-4 on the year. He is now allowing 2.85 GAA and owns a .898% save percentage. Stay away from Hutton for now till he gets his confidence back.

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Linus Ullmark stopped 31-of 34 shots during Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win versus New Jersey. He also stopped two of the three shootout attempts, with the third one missing the net.

Fantasy Impact: Ullmark has played in six games this season and has posted a 3-1-2 record with 16 goals allowed in that span. He has won three of his last four starts.

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Eric Staal had a second-period goal during Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win versus New Jersey. He scored on his only shot on goal during the game in 16:08 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran center now has three goals and two assists in nine games played with the Sabres. After years of being the number one center in Minnesota, Staal is a sneaky good fantasy option in a second-line center role with Buffalo. Most opponents will be sending their top defensive/checking lines after the top line led by Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall.

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Marcus Johansson has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. (Source: David Amber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old Johansson has only managed to play in 87 games over the past two seasons combined due to concussion issues. But after being acquired by the Boston Bruins from New Jersey at last season's trade deadline, he proved he still had the ability to produce in a middle-six role, putting up 11 points in the playoffs on a run to the finals. Johansson produced 58 points in his last full season back in 2016-17, but the 40 point mark is probably a more reasonable expectation for Johansson if he can maintain his health with the Sabres.

Category: Transactions

Rasmus Ristolainen got his 21st assist of the season on Jack Eichel’s second period power play goal in the Sabres 4-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Rasmus Ristolainen seems to have taken his game to the next level this season. While Ristolainen has been a very good defenseman over the past 3 years scoring 40 points or more each season he looks to be on the verge of doing even better this season. Ristolainen has 4 goals and 21 assists through 38 games which equates to him breaking the 50 point barrier potentially. Either way Ristolainen is a very good defenseman and should be owned in all fantasy format.

Category: Game Recaps

Sam Reinhart grabbed his 29th assist of the season on Jack Eichel’s power play goal in the second period of the Sabres 4–1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Sam Reinhart is keeping up his career season scoring pace. Reinhart got his 29th assist on Thursday to go with 8 goals through 38 games for just a hair under a point-per-game. At this point Reinhart should easily beat his career high of 50 points. Reinhart is a must own and start in any fantasy format.

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Johan Larsson scored his 3rd goal of the season in the third period of the Sabres 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Johan Larsson now has 3 goals and 2 assists on the season through 30 games. Larsson has no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps

Evan Rodrigues scored his 2nd goal of the season in the third period of the Sabres 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Evan Rodrigues on the right line has potential but he is currently on the Sabres 4th even strength line but at least gets power play action. Rodrigues has 2 goals and 8 assists in 26 games. Unless Rodrigues gets a better pairing his value is restricted to only the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps