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Rasmus Ristolainen has been a "catalyst" for the Sabres, according to assistant coach Steve Smith.

"He's certainly been a catalyst," said Smith.. "I think because he's getting more looks and more success and guys are finding him more often. He's been a catalyst for the other guys in a way that allows me to show everyone what we're trying to do." The 24-year-old has a minus-11 rating this season, but he's also added two goals and nine points in 18 contests. The Sabres probably rely on him a little more than he's comfortable with, but he's one of their best defenders right now.
Nov 15 - 10:36 AM

Nathan Beaulieu registered two assists in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Beaulieu had the secondary helper on goals by Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo in the contest. He also had three hits and one block in just 9:36 of ice time.
Nov 14 - 9:45 AM

Kyle Okposo found the back of the net in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Okposo's fifth goal of the season gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead in the second period. The Lightning scored just 15 seconds later, but Okposo's marker held up as the game winner. He has two goals and one assist in the last five contests.
Nov 14 - 9:42 AM

Carter Hutton stopped 29 of 30 shots in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Make that three consecutive impressive performances by Hutton who was incredible tonight. Buffalo’s starter was only beat by Anthony Cirelli on a breakaway, stopping Steven Stamkos on all five of his shots on goal. Hutton’s record improves to 7-6-1 with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage.
Nov 13 - 10:25 PM

Jeff Skinner scored a goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sam Reinhart’s shot from the right circle was blocked by Victor Hedman in front but Skinner found the loose puck and buried it for his 13th goal of the season. The 26-year-old Skinner has now incredibly scored 12 goals over his last 11 games, bringing him to 20 points in 18 games this season. Kyle Okposo also scored in the win.
Nov 13 - 10:22 PM

Tage Thompson will be in the lineup on Tuesday night.

Thompson has one assist in 10 games this year. He will replace Patrik Berglund, who will be a healthy scratch, against Tampa Bay.
Nov 13 - 5:42 PM

Carter Hutton will get the nod on Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.

Hutton is coming off a win over Vancouver on Saturday in which the Sabres came back in the third period. He has a 6-6-1 record this campaign with a 2.78 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Nov 13 - 5:40 PM

Sam Reinhart will get to start Tuesday's contest on the top line with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner.

The trio was put together in the third period of Saturday's comeback win over Vancouver and they posted two late goals. The line remained intact for Monday's practice. That bumps Jason Pominville to a combination with Evan Rodrigues and Vladimir Sobotka.
Nov 13 - 10:52 AM

Carter Hutton has picked up two wins in his last two appearances.

Hutton helped the Sabres post a comeback win on Saturday afternoon against Vancouver after he stopped all five shots he faced in relief on Thursday in a come-from-behind win over Montreal. He has six wins in 12 starts this season, but the team has scored one goal or less in six of those contests. Hutton has had a small margin for error, but he has been praised for his play so far this campaign.
Nov 12 - 10:22 AM

Jack Eichel missed nearly 20 minutes on Saturday against Vancouver due to an undisclosed injury, but he did return to the match.

Eichel didn't record a point in Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win, but he did record five shots and one hit over 15:47 of ice time. He also scored for the Sabres during the shootout.
Nov 11 - 10:04 AM

Rasmus Dahlin recorded the first multi-point performance of his NHL career on Saturday against Vancouver.

Dahlin finished the contest with a plus-3 rating. He had the secondary helper on Sam Reinhart's game-tying marker and the Sabres won the game in a shootout.
Nov 11 - 10:01 AM

Sam Reinhart scored a goal and registered an assist in a 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver on Saturday.

Jeff Skinner and Nathan Beaulieu also found the back of the net for Buffalo in regulation time. Rasmus Dahlin and Rasmus Ristolainen each registered two assists. Casey Mittelstadt scored the deciding goal in the shootout.
Nov 10 - 4:27 PM

Carter Hutton saved 36 of 39 shots in a 4-3 shootout win against Vancouver Saturday afternoon.

Hutton allowed one goal in three shootout rounds, which was good enough to earn the extra point. He improved to 6-6-1 in 13 contests this season.
Nov 10 - 4:24 PM

Carter Hutton has been confirmed as Buffalo's starting goalie Saturday afternoon against Vancouver.

If you need Hutton, make sure he is active early as Saturday's contest starts at 1:00 EDT.
Nov 10 - 10:58 AM

Jeff Skinner continues to increase his bargaining position as he goes into his free agent season.

Skinner is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and his 16 points (including 10 goals) in 15 games has increased his value significantly. If he finishes the season with 40 goals and/or 80 points he could be justified in asking for a 5-7 year deal, worth $7-8 million per season. That would represent a substantial raise from the $5.725 he is being paid this season. The Sabres have not entered into contract negotiations with Skinner as of yet. It will be interesting to see whether that changes as the season wears on.
Nov 10 - 9:14 AM


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