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The Buffalo Sabres are far more likely to be sellers at the trade deadline after the weekend they had.

The Sabres dropped a pair of games against the backup goaltenders of two of the NHL's worst teams in Arizona and Colorado. They were already a long shot to make the playoffs, but at this point Buffalo is seven points shy of a playoff spot despite having played in one more game than the second Wild Card seed Toronto Maple Leafs. With 20 games left, the Sabres would need to finish the season on fire to make up that gap and given their recent showing, it seems unlikely that GM Tim Murray would bet on that scenario.
Feb 27 - 8:43 AM

Anders Nilsson was beaten with 19 seconds left on the clock on Sunday to suffer his eighth regulation loss of the season.

Buffalo couldn't hold a two-goal third-period lead and fell 3-2 against Arizona. Nilsson, who has allowed 11 goals in his past three games, falls to 9-8-4 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
Feb 26 - 11:33 PM

Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Arizona on Sunday night.

Eichel now has 14 goals and 36 points in 41 games this season. The 20-year-old has points in six consecutive games and 13 points in his last 10.
Feb 26 - 11:23 PM

Robin Lehner has been sidelined with an upper body injury.

Well, that's ominous. Hopefully Buffalo's main man is merely sore and won't be out long term. He's considered day-to-day, for now.
Feb 26 - 8:57 PM

Anders Nilsson will be in net against the Coyotes on Sunday.

Through 20 games this season he has posted a 9-7-4 record along with a .922 save percentage and a 2.67 GAA. He also boasts a 9:1 Quality Start to Really Bad Start ratio in 18 starts.
Feb 26 - 7:32 PM

Linus Ullmark was recalled from AHL Rochester on Sunday.

The 23-year-old has had a fine season for the Amerks thus far. In 42 games he's 20-20-2 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.90 GAA.
Feb 26 - 4:31 PM

Nicolas Deslauriers, Justin Falk and Nicholas Baptiste will be scratched against the Coyotes on Sunday.

Deslauriers is still searching for his first points of the season through 31 games this season with 23 PIMs and 80 hits thus far. In 41 games Falk has seven points with 77 hits. While Baptiste has four points with 12 hits in 14 games.
Source: Jerry Brown
Feb 26 - 3:06 PM

The Sabres' top line was abysmal against the Avalanche Saturday night.

Buffalo's top unit featuring Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane was a combined minus 10. That line is going to have to be much better from here on in to keep Buffalo's faint playoff hopes alive. Look for Eichel, Reinhart and Kane to rebound Sunday night against the Coyotes.
Feb 26 - 8:52 AM

Sam Reinhart (flu) returned to action on Saturday after missing two games.

Reinhart scored once but it was not the best of games for the talented winger as he was a minus-four in a 4-1 loss to the lowly Colorado Avalanche. Reinhart has 14 goals and 38 points this season but he is definitely someone you should jump all over in keeper leagues as he will combine with Jack Eichel to form a dynamic duo for many years to come.
Feb 26 - 2:56 AM

Things didn't go especially well for Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres, who fell 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Lehner's experienced back-to-back tough games, allowing four goals (25 of 29) on Saturday and five goals (32 of 37) in a loss to Chicago on Feb. 19. Before that, the Sabres' top goalie managed a three-game winning streak.
Feb 26 - 1:45 AM

Rising Buffalo Sabres stars Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart experienced highs and lows as their team fell 5-3 to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Eichel generated an assist and two SOG, but he also suffered a -3 rating in the defeat. Reinhart scored his 14th goal of 2016-17, but he also had a -4 rating. Evan Rodrigues scored the first goal of 2016-17, too.
Feb 26 - 1:43 AM

Nicholas Baptiste, Justin Falk and Nicolas Deslauriers will be scratched from Saturday's match with the Avalanche.

Baptiste has managed to post four points along with 12 hits in 14 games this season with the Sabres. Falk has seven assists with 21 PIMs, 28 blocks and 77 hits in 41 games. Deslauriers meanwhile has accumulated 23 PIMs and 80 hits in 31 games.
Feb 25 - 6:14 PM

Robin Lehner will take on the Avalanche on Saturday.

Buffalo's top netminder has been sensational this month. Through 10 games he's 5-4-1 with a pair of shutouts, 22 goals against and a .941 save percentage.
Feb 25 - 2:11 PM

Zemgus Girgensons (middle body) will make his return to the Sabres lineup on Saturday night.

He'll suit up against the Colorado Avalanche after missing his team's last seven games. Thankfully, the Sabres bye came at the perfect time. "It definitely fell in a good place for me," Girgensons said of the bye. "Just to get a couple more days to heal it completely and get a good skate today, so I'll be 100 percent to go (on Saturday)." Girgensons will skate on a line with Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno. He has six goals and seven assists in 53 games this season.
Feb 25 - 11:20 AM

Justin Bailey was recalled from AHL Rochester on Friday.

The 21-year-old has two goals and three points in 19 games with the Sabres. He has 19 goals and 29 points in 40 games with the Amerks thus far as well.
Feb 24 - 2:01 PM


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