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Buffalo coach Ted Nolan's patience with struggling forward Cody Hodgson may be nearing an end.

Hodgson was a healthy scratch against his former club--the Canucks--Friday night. With only seven points in 48 games, Hodgson certainly deserves to sit in the press box. "We need better," Nolan said. "Cody's been like that the vast majority of the year. He's had a couple spurts here and there but not enough for a player of his caliber." We assume that those of you unfortunate souls who drafted Hodgson have discarded him by now.
Jan 31 - 9:30 AM

One of the few Buffalo players who has been playing better as of late is Chris Stewart.

After starting the season in quicksand, Stewart has scored four goals (all on the power play) and registered six points in Buffalo's last five games. That makes him Wayne Gretzky on this team. If you are looking for a strong power-play performer, Stewart should be a consideration.
Jan 31 - 9:24 AM

With their 5-2 loss to Vancouver Friday night Buffalo's losing streak is up to 14 consecutive games, the longest in the NHL in 22 seasons.

Ouch! The good news is that the Sabres are off until Tuesday to once again try and regroup. Buffalo coach Ted Nolan had this to say after Friday's defeat. "When things go bad, things go bad. Every time we make a mistake, it seems be in our net." Needless to say, stay away from Buffalo goaltenders and most Sabre players for now.
Jan 31 - 9:20 AM

Chris Stewart scored two power play goals in Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

His first goal opened the game's scoring just four minutes in, and it was a classic big-man's goal as he created room for himself in front of the net before tucking it home. His second goal was more fortunate as it deflected off of Dan Hamhuis' skate and in. Stewart now has nine goals and 18 points on the season, with four of those goals having now come with the man-advantage.
Jan 31 - 2:28 AM

Matt Hackett allowed four goals on 37 shots, plus an empty-netter in Friday's 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Friday night.

Through a confluence of poor defense and questionable positioning, Hackett had a long night in his return to the NHL in Vancouver. But he did have a lead for 16:36 during the first period before Bo Horvat jammed home a tying goal. All in all it was an honorable effort for a kid making his way back from a torn ACL and MCL in just nine and a half months.
Jan 31 - 2:23 AM

Nikita Zadorov will indeed play against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Coach Nolan plans to go with seven defensemen; Andre Benoit, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Tyler Myers, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mike Weber, Nikita Zadorov all dressed. In 34 games, Zadorov has two goals, eight points, 37 PIMs, 40 blocks, and 78 hits on the season.
Jan 30 - 10:10 PM

Cody Hodgson was made a surprise last scratch against his old team, the Vancouver Canucks.

Coach Nolan plans to go with seven defensemen instead; Andre Benoit, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Tyler Myers, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mike Weber, Nikita Zadorov all dressed. As for Hodgson, he has just two goals and seven points through 48 games this season.
Jan 30 - 10:07 PM

Tyson Strachan will be a healthy scratch against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Strachan has just five points and 28 PIMs to his name through 28 games, not much fantasy value there.
Jan 30 - 9:51 PM

Matthew Hackett will face the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Hackett, still just 24 years old, hasn't seen NHL action since April 12th, 2014. In 13 starts and 21 career NHL games, he's compiled a 4-13-1 record with 49 goals against between Minnesota and Buffalo.
Jan 30 - 9:35 PM

Zenon Konopka has reportedly signed with KH Sanok in Poland's top league.

Konopka broke into the NHL in 2003-04 and since then he's played in 346 games with seven different teams. He had 30 points and 1,082 penalty minutes over that span.
Jan 30 - 6:15 PM

Nicolas Deslauriers fought Luke Gazdic early on in the third period of Edmonton's 3-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.

The Oilers were up 2-1 at the time, so one imagines that Deslauriers was trying to rally the troops. Either way, Deslauriers added five hits and a block onto his five penalty minutes during his 6:57 of ice time. He also spent 70 seconds on the penalty kill. Through 49 games he has 12 points and 55 PIMs.
Jan 30 - 1:54 AM

Brian Gionta picked up assists on both of Buffalo's goals, however they still fell to Edmonton 3-2 on Thursday night.

It was a solid game by the Captain who made his presence known by helping to create several opportunities, including the two eventual goals. Through 17:31 of ice time he put forth a block, two hits, three shots, plus a minor penalty, just to touch all of the major fantasy categories. Gionta now has four goals and 13 points in 36 games this season.
Jan 30 - 1:41 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen scored his fourth goal of season Thursday night, but the Sabres fell to the Oilers 3-2.

It was a solid effort and goal by Ristolainen as he followed up the rush as the third-man in to finish off the play late in the third period. The young defender finished with three shots, two hits, and a block through 16:32 of ice time. He now has four goals and nine points through 46 games.
Jan 30 - 1:34 AM

Tyler Myers popped his second goal of the season in Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday night.

After Torrey Mitchell dug the puck out from behind the offensive net, he attempted a wrap-around and the puck instead was deflected out towards Tyler Myers at the point. Myers' aim was true as his went top shelf past Ben Scrivens to make it 1-0 Sabres just 2:22 into the game. He finished the game with a hit, a two minute minor, and seven blocks through 21:33, along with his second goal and tenth point of the season through 41 games.
Jan 30 - 1:28 AM

Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves in Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday night.

Ironically, this may have been in Buffalo's greater interest. The loss created two more points worth of difference between them and Edmonton for most likely having the right to decide between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Buffalo has 31 points to Edmonton's 35 in the standings. Enroth for his part falls to 11-19-2 with 112 goals against in 33 games this season.
Jan 30 - 1:04 AM

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