Player News - Sabres

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Robin Lehner turned aside 30 of 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Washington Monday night.

Lehner hasn't won a game since Nov. 21 and is 0-1-2 since that date. He has a 5-8-4 record, 2.41 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 18 games in 2016-17.
Dec 5 - 10:38 PM

Kyle Okposo netted a goal in Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Washington Monday night.

Zemgus Girgensons also scored a goal for the Sabres. Rasmus Ristolainen, Derek Grant, William Carrier, and Ryan O'Reilly each recorded an assist.
Dec 5 - 10:32 PM

Robin Lehner will be Buffalo's starter Monday night.

Lehner saved 31 of 33 shots on Saturday, but was still charged with the loss. He has a 5-8-3 record, 2.38 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 17 contests this season.
Dec 5 - 12:34 PM

Taylor Fedun's previously undisclosed injury is a shoulder issue.

Fedun is listed as day-to-day, but isn't expected to play on Monday. The Sabres' blueline has been decimated recently by injuries, so the fact that this might be short-term has to come as a relief to Sabres fans. In the meantime, Erik Burgdoerfer will draw into Buffalo's lineup on Monday.
Dec 5 - 12:32 PM

Erik Burgdoerfer has been summoned by the Buffalo Sabres.

Burgdoerfer has seven assists and 24 penalty minutes in 22 AHL contests in 2016-17. With Sabres defensemen Zach Bogosian, Dmitry Kulikov, Josh Gorges, and Taylor Fedun all dealing with injuries, Burgdoerfer could make his NHL debut at the age of 27 on Monday.
Dec 5 - 10:45 AM

Coach Dan Bylsma labeled Taylor Fedun as "questionable" for Monday's match with Washington.

The 28-year-old defender has four points in eight games this season with five blocks to his credit as well. If you see that they've called up another defender, take it as your sign.
Dec 4 - 12:54 PM

Josh Gorges will miss "weeks" due to a non-displaced fracture in his foot, coach Dan Bylsma said on Sunday.

Ouch. The rugged veteran defender had been averaging 19:27 of ice time per night through the first 23 games of the season. He's posted one point with 23 PIMs, 43 blocks and 53 hits thus far.
Dec 4 - 12:51 PM

Dmitry Kulikov is nearing a return to practice.

The Sabres' defenseman, who has been out of action since November 9th with a back injury, has skated the last few days with some contact and seems to be progressing in his recovery. "Kulikov has now skated two days with some physicality and now been skating for seven days," Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. "Hopefully, that means we’ll see him in practice soon – in the next week hopefully." We'll keep you updated on Kulikov's stauts.
Dec 4 - 9:51 AM

Zach Bogosian is still 10-14 days away from returning to action.

Bogosian is still recovering from a sprained MCL and needs more time to strengthen his knee. The oft-injured Bogosian is a useful fantasy defenseman when he is healthy. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case.
Dec 4 - 9:38 AM

Josh Gorges, who missed his first game of the season Saturday night, will likely miss a few more before his upper-body injury fully heals.

He sustained the injury blocking a shot during Thursday's game against the Rangers. We would reserve Gorges for the week.
Dec 4 - 9:35 AM

Evander Kane, who seems to be rounding into form after a slow and injury plagued start to the season, needs to shoot the puck more.

So says Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma. Kane averaged 4.2 shots per game in 2015-16, third most in the NHL. This season the talented winger is averaging only 2.4 shots per contest and Bylsma thinks that is why his production is down. All that said, Kane seems to be rebounding from his difficult start. If he can be obtained cheaply, do so, as Kane is a good buy-low target.
Dec 4 - 9:32 AM

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season during Saturday's 2-1 loss to Boston.

What a relief. Kane's troubled season appears to beginning to turn around as he rides a three-game point streak. He has five points in 13 games thus far, with three points during the streak.
Dec 3 - 7:56 PM

Sam Reinhart lifted his career-best point streak up to four games with an assist during Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Bruins.

The youngster now has two goals and four points during the streak. He has five goals and 14 points in 24 games this season. He just may be as the kid's say, "for real."
Dec 3 - 7:55 PM

Robin Lehner was the tough luck 2-1 loser to the Bruins on Saturday.

He stopped 31 of 33 shots, including all four asked of him on the kill. Aside from his 5-8-3 record, Lehner is proving to be a worthy investment for the Sabres, as he boasts a 2.38 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
Dec 3 - 7:53 PM

Brendan Guhle will indeed make his NHL debut Saturday against the Bruins.

What were you doing at age 19? Guhle has limited professional experience thus far, posting a goal and four points in six games for AHL Rochester last season. He's been in the WHL this season, so it's an interesting leap for the youngster to take. He'll pair with Cody Franson to form Buffalo's second defensive unit.
Dec 3 - 12:43 PM


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