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Evander Kane reached the 20-goal plateau Thursday night in a 3-2 OT win over Detroit.

Kane has reached the 20-goal mark in three straight years. He has two goals in his last two outings and 40 points through 61 contests. Kane's name has come up all season as a potential trade candidate with deadline day set for Monday.
Feb 23 - 9:48 AM

Marco Scandella netted the game-winning goal in overtime Thursday night against Detroit.

Scandella gave the Sabres a 3-2 victory with just 0.2 seconds remaining in the extra session. He has scored three goals in 61 games this season and he has earned two goals in the last three outings.
Feb 23 - 9:43 AM

Robin Lehner turned aside 35 of 37 shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Sabres had 1-0 and 2-1 leads in this one, but they eventually gave up the game-tying goal that forced overtime with under two minutes remaining in regulation. The win puts an end to Lehner's personal three-game winning streak. He has a 13-22-8 record with a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage this season.
Feb 23 - 12:04 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen netted a goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Ristolainen opened the scoring at the 3:39 mark of the first period, when he beat a screened Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot from the point. He also helped set up Evander Kane's power-play tally in the second frame to give the Sabres 2-1 lead at the time. Ristolainen finished the game with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal, three hits and four blocked shots in 28 minutes of ice time. The 23-year-old has racked up seven points in his last seven games. He's up to six goals, 29 points and a minus-14 ratings in 52 games this season. Marco Scandella scored the game-winner in overtime.
Feb 22 - 11:54 PM

Jordan Nolan will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Nolan has two goals, three assists and 54 penalty minutes in 50 games this season. Justin Falk will also serve as a healthy scratch against the Red Wings.
Feb 22 - 7:28 PM

Robin Lehner is expected to start Thursday night.

Lehner wasn't able to play on Monday due to a hip injury. He declared that he was 100% on Wednesday though and Sabres coach Phil Housley backed up that statement.
Feb 22 - 12:42 PM

The status of Jack Eichel remains unclear, as he recovers from a high-ankle sprain.

"We haven't had any updates," coach Phil Housley said Wednesday. "We're just going to see how this progresses. It's a tough injury. You never know how you're going to react or come out of it. We're just going to let it settle down. It's still in the situation it was before." Eichel hasn't played since Feb. 10.
Feb 22 - 10:21 AM

It looks like Robin Lehner (hip) will be available on Thursday.

Lehner was on the ice Wednesday morning and said afterwards that he feels 100%. Sabres coach Phil Housley backed that up by declaring Lehner ready to go. Lehner couldn't play on Monday due to the ailment.
Feb 21 - 12:40 PM

Jake McCabe is projected to miss 4-6 months following shoulder surgery.

McCabe underwent surgery on his thumb earlier this month and he hasn't played since Feb. 6. "Jake has been progressing well in his recovery from his previous injury, but we decided that this was a good opportunity to take care of a problem that he has been dealing with for a while," Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. "Jake will have time to fully recover before the beginning of the 2018-19 season."
Feb 20 - 3:16 PM

Robin Lehner (hip) was back on the ice Tuesday morning.

Lehner expects to practice fully on Wednesday and then accompany the team on the road to Detroit and Washington. "I feel pretty good today, I've had a couple of days after I had a hip injection and I just needed a day," said Lehner. "I pulled my one hip earlier in the season. I've been a little bit back and forth as I pulled it against Colorado and I just kept going through it and eventually, I just needed to fix it."
Source: WGR550
Feb 20 - 2:13 PM

Evander Kane netted his 19th goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 loss to Washington.

Kane lit the lamp with just 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation, but it was too little too late. He has recorded three goals in his last six games following a 14-game goalless drought. Kane could be on the move at the trade deadline next Monday.
Feb 20 - 9:57 AM

Linus Ullmark has been returned to the minors.

Ullmark served as Chad Johnson's backup on Monday afternoon against Washington. Robin Lehner didn't play because of a lower-body injury, but it seems like the ailment won't keep him out very long.
Feb 19 - 6:58 PM

Kyle Okposo tallied his 10th goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Monday in matinee action.

Okposo got Buffalo on the board at the 12:42 mark of the third period, but Evgeny Kuznetsov sealed the Capitals' victory with an empty-netter shortly later. Okposo has collected two goals and eight assists in the last 13 games. Evander Kane also scored for the Sabres with 3.3 seconds left in regulation.
Feb 19 - 6:08 PM

Chad Johnson turned aside 27 of 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Monday.

Johnson had a solid performance, but his modest two-game win spree is over. Buffalo pressed in the third period, outshooting the Capitals by a 17-6 margin, but it was too little too late. The Sabres backup goalie has a 4-10-3 record this season with a 3.41 GAA and .890 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 6:04 PM

Chad Johnson will be between the pipes Monday afternoon against Washington.

Johnson has been victorious in his last two starts and the wins came against strong teams in Tampa Bay and Boston. He will face another tough task versus the Capitals. Johnson is getting the nod because Robin Lehner is out with a lower-body injury. He owns a 4-9-3 record this year with a 3.48 GAA and .888 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 1:43 PM


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