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Nikita Zadorov was reportedly bumped off an oversold return flight, which resulted in him being unavailable for Monday's practice.

He went to the Dominican Republic with his girlfriend during the All-Star break. Zadorov was suspended for Tuesday's loss to Calgary for missing the session and his status for Thursday's match in Edmonton hasn't been determined yet.
Jan 28 - 8:58 AM

The Buffalo Sabres lost their 12th straight game Tuesday night in a 4-1 defeat versus Calgary.

In doing so, Buffalo extended their franchise record and tied their longest winless streak of all-time when they went 0-8-4 in 1991. The Sabres opened the scoring against the Flames, but allowed three goals in the third to take the loss.
Jan 28 - 8:39 AM

Jonas Enroth allowed four goals on 31 shots to take the loss in a 4-1 defeat in Calgary on Tuesday.

Jonas Enroth has now allowed 15 goals over his last five games (all losses). Enroth kept his team in the game until the Flames turned it up in the third period. With Neuvirth out, he looks like he will receive the run of the starts on this western road trip. We don't recommend starting him though as he is 11-18 on the year with a 3.43 GAA and .889 saves percentage in 32 appearances. Buffalo visits Vancouver next.
Jan 28 - 12:23 AM

Chris Stewart scored the lone goal in the Sabres' 4-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday

Chris Stewart got the scoring started for either team as he showed great hand-eye coordination on a perfect tip-in shot. Unfortunately for the Sabres it was their only goal of the game. It was Stewart's seventh of the year and his second goal in as many games. He now has four points in his last three games for a nice little streak. He is getting some buzz around the hockey world as potential trade bait. Why not if you are Buffalo as it has lost 12 in a row now.
Jan 28 - 12:13 AM

Mike Weber will return to Buffalo's blue line Tuesday night against Calgary.

Out since mid-December with a lower body injury, the bruiser is expected to skate with Rasmus Ristolainen as their third unit. Through 36 games, Weber has accumulated 45 PIMs, 84 blocks, and 94 hits. Not too shabby if you're in a league that rewards tough guys.
Jan 27 - 8:33 PM

Nikita Zadorov is expected to rejoin Buffalo in Calgary at some point on Tuesday.

Once Zadorov arrives in the city, the Sabres will lift his suspension. He received the punishment for his failure to report to Monday's practiced following the All-Star break.
Jan 27 - 2:54 PM

Jhonas Enroth is expected to start for Buffalo on Tuesday.

Enroth probably would have started either way, but the fact that Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is unavailable made coach Ted Nolan's decision easier. Enroth has a 3.41 GAA and .899 save percentage in 31 contests this season.
Jan 27 - 2:05 PM

There is no timetable for when Marcus Foligno will be available to return from a hand injury.

However, he is getting closer to returning after missing the past 13 games.
Jan 27 - 7:57 AM

Brian Gionta (upper body) will be back in the lineup against Calgary on Tuesday night.

He has been on the shelf for the last 13 games with an upper-body injury that he said was not to his head. The Sabres captain has four goals and 11 points in 34 games this season.
Jan 27 - 7:55 AM

Matt Ellis is up with the Sabres.

He has dressed in four games with the Sabres this month. Ellis doesn't have any points this season and he scored six in 50 outings with Buffalo in 2013-14. He practiced on Monday on the fourth line with Nicolas Deslauriers and Patrick Kaleta.
Jan 26 - 6:42 PM

Matthew Hackett will back up Jhonas Enroth on Buffalo's road trip.

Michal Neuvirth is sidelined with a lower-body injury. Hackett tore his ACL and MCL last season in Buffalo's second to last game. He just returned to active duty and has played three matches in the AHL with Rochester.
Jan 26 - 6:29 PM

Michal Neuvirth suffered a lower-body during a workout and he won't travel with the Sabres on their upcoming road trip.

Coach Ted Nolan said the injury was "not long-long but long enough." Matt Hackett has been called up by Buffalo to take Neuvirth's place. Hackett will back up Jhonas Enroth.
Jan 26 - 6:21 PM

Nikita Zadorov has been suspended by the Sabres for missing Monday's practice.

He's expected to rejoin the team during their road trip and the length of the suspension was not announced. "When you're a 19-year old kid, sometimes if you're not instructed to do things, you know how kids can be sometimes," coach Ted Nolan said. "This will be a big, big learning curve for him. We’ll deal with it when he gets back."
Jan 26 - 6:14 PM

Zemgus Girgensons wasn't able to get a point during the All-Star Game, but he enjoyed his time there.

"It's unbelievable skill out there," Girgensons said. "It was just fun seeing all the guys do cool stuff and seeing all those goals. If I was a goalie in this game, I would be ... not happy." Team Toews defeated Team Foligno by a score of 17-12 in the contest. Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the event, as his Latvian fans stuffed the ballot box. He played on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Radim Vrbata during the match.
Jan 26 - 10:28 AM

Zemgus Girgensons has 44 career points, which is the fourth most of any Latvian to play in the NHL.

He ranks behind just Sandis Ozolinsh as well as the late Sergei Zholtok and Karlis Skrastins. Coach Ted Nolan, who has coached for the Latvian national team, knows that Latvians are passionate about hockey and he's happy that they showed up in force to support Girgensons to get him into the All-Star Game. "If there was a vote for anything, I'd certainly love to be Latvian because you know you're going to get the support, particularly sports figures," Nolan said. "Maybe he got the Latvian vote to help him in this time, but I think his natural abilities are going to help get him in the next time and the times after that."
Jan 23 - 7:06 AM

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