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While the San Jose Sharks' effort was uneven on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth deserves a lot of credit for the Buffalo Sabres' shocking 2-1 win.

Neuvirth stopped 29 out of 30 shots, including 14 out of 15 in the third period. The 26-year-old has faced 107 shots in three games so far, acquitting himself pretty well. This is his first win for Buffalo in 2014-15, and if he keeps this up, he might take quite a few starts from Jhonas Enroth.
Oct 25 - 6:57 PM

Cody Hodgson scored two of the Buffalo Sabres' goals in a stunning 2-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.

Hodgson, 24, is still having a disappointing season so far (just two points and a -6 rating with a scant 10 SOG in nine games), but perhaps this will light a fire under him? He only received 10:48 time on ice on Saturday, so this may just be wakeup call material for the 10th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft.
Oct 25 - 6:54 PM

Updating an earlier item, it looks as if Michal Neuvirth will get the start against San Jose Saturday afternoon.

It was thought that Jhomas Enroth would get the call but that is obviously no longer the case. The game starts at 4:00 pm ET, so make sure you adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Oct 25 - 3:05 PM

Tyler Ennis missed Friday's practice.

It was just a maintenance day off for Ennis. He should be good to go Saturday afternoon against San Jose.
Oct 25 - 9:44 AM

In eight games this season three of the Sabres' top-line forwards have combined for a total of nine shots on goal.

You read that right. Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford and Matt Moulson have combined to average slightly more than just one shot on goal per game. That despite ample ice time in both five-on-five and power-play situations for all three. That should tell just how awful the Sabres are playing collectively and how you need to bench any Buffalo player you had the misfortune of selecting on draft day.
Oct 25 - 9:38 AM

Look for Jhonas Enroth to start in goal against the Sharks Saturday afternoon.

You can hardly blame Enroth for the debacle in Buffalo. He stopped 37 of 39 shots in the Sabres' 2-0 loss to Los Angeles Thursday night and although he has a 1-5-0 record so far this season, he has played reasonably well. That said, there is no need to start Enroth as he plays for such a woeful team.
Oct 25 - 9:28 AM

Buffalo ranks last in almost all meaningful NHL team statistics.

We all know how badly the Sabres are playing but looking at the numbers is still frightening. Buffalo ranks last in the NHL in goals scored per game (one), power-play effeciency (0.00%), shots on goal allowed per game (37.5) and 29th out of 30 in shots on goal per game (24.1). They also rank 27th in goals allowed per game ( 3.5). Needless to say, Sabre players should be sitting on your fantasy bench for the time being.
Oct 25 - 9:23 AM

Sam Reinhart was a healthy scratch in Thursday's loss to Los Angeles.

The Sabres opted to dress seven defenders and 11 forwards versus the Kings, so Reinhart took a seat in the press box for the second time in the team's past three outings.
Oct 24 - 9:48 AM

Nikita Zadorov made his season debut with Buffalo in Thursday's 2-0 loss to Los Angeles.

The Sabres played seven defensemen in the contest. Zadorov saw just 6:12 of ice time after he was a healthy scratch in Buffalo's previous seven games. There's still a chance that Zadorov will be returned to his junior team and it would be better than him not seeing the ice time he needs to develop his game.
Oct 24 - 9:45 AM

Drew Stafford amassed 17 minutes in penalties after he took exception to a hit on teammate Torrey Mitchell.

Mitchell was caught with his head down by former Sabre Brayden McNabb. Stafford was assessed two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct at the 11:27 mark of the first period. Buffalo opened the contest with 11 forwards and seven defensemen dressed, so Stafford's penalty-filled outburst didn't help. He has no goals and three assists in eight games.
Oct 24 - 9:39 AM

The Buffalo Sabres were shutout by the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Thursday night.

Chris Stewart had seven shots on goal for the Sabres, but not one of them was able to beat Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick. The long season continues for Buffalo and for Stewart. The 26-year-old has played significant minutes for the Sabres, but he has registered just one assist in eight games now. Buffalo isn’t a very good hockey team, as they are in full-rebuild mode. As the season moves along, there is a chance that Stewart could end up being traded to a team that will help him reach his offensive potential.
Oct 24 - 1:37 AM

Jhonas Enroth stopped 37 of 39 shots in Buffalo’s 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Jeff Carter beat Enroth less than a minute into the game with a power play goal, but the Swedish goaltender was solid after that. Both Kings’ goals were scored on the power play so it’s tough to blame Enroth for those. On paper, this game looked like it could be a blowout, but the Sabres hung around with the Kings more than many expected. The 26-year-old falls to 1-5-0 on the season. He should continue to get starts in goal for Buffalo, but he won’t be a very good source for wins during Buffalo’s rebuilding process.
Oct 24 - 1:31 AM

Brian Flynn was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Anaheim.

He has skated in two of Buffalo's opening seven games this campaign. He doesn't have any fantasy value.
Oct 23 - 10:31 AM

Sam Reinhart got back into Buffalo's lineup Wednesday night.

He was a healthy scratch last Saturday. "I think he was just overwhelmed in the first number of games," coach Ted Nolan said. "It's better to sit back and watch and observe and get a new perspective, so he’s going in." Reinhart has no points and two shots in six NHL outings. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back in the WHL shortly.
Oct 23 - 10:28 AM

Tyler Ennis helped the Buffalo Sabres avoid getting shut out for a third straight game Wednesday night.

He snapped the club's goalless streak at exactly 197 minutes. Offense has been hard to come by for the Sabres early into this season. The team has eight goals in seven contests and three of them have come from Ennis.
Oct 23 - 10:22 AM

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