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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
34-12-14 82
38-16-4 80
33-16-8 74
32-20-6 70
32-23-5 69
27-27-4 58
25-28-3 53
22-28-8 52

Top Sabres News

  • Sabres' Tyson Jost: Summoned from minors

    Jost was recalled from AHL Rochester on Monday.

    Jost has split time between the NHL and AHL this campaign. In 29 appearances with Buffalo, he has two goals and two assists. The 25-year-old forward also has three goals and 13 points over 23 contests at the minor-league level in 2023-24. Jost's return to the NHL may not bode well for those with shares of Jeff Skinner (undisclosed), who was scheduled to undergo some tests Monday after leaving practice early.

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  • Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Undergoing medical imaging

    Skinner is set for an MRI before the club leaves for its two-game road trip, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports Monday.

    Skinner was on the ice for just a few minutes Monday before departing and should be considered questionable heading into Tuesday's meeting with the Panthers. Skinner has managed just two goals and one assist over his last 12 contests after overcoming a previous upper-body issue. If Skinner were to miss any time, both Zach Benson and John-Jason Peterka could be in line for a promotion to the top line.

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  • Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Nets power-play marker

    Skinner scored a goal on a team-high five shots in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Hurricanes.

    Skinner got the Sabres on the board 6:27 into the second period, burying a rebound of Spencer Martin on the power play to tie the game 1-1. The 31-year-old Skinner has two goals over his last three games after he was held to just one point (an assist) over his previous nine contests. Overall, Skinner's up to 19 goals and 36 points through 50 games this season, a significant step down from his 82-point campaign in 2022-23.

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  • Sabres' Owen Power: Scores in return

    Power tallied a goal on his lone shot in Sunday's 3-2 win over Carolina.

    Power logged 23:05 of ice time after missing Buffalo's last six games with a hand injury. The 21-year-old blueliner had quite an impact in his return, beating Spencer Martin from the slot to tie the game 2-2 late in the third period. Power has three goals and 16 assists with a plus-3 rating through 52 games this season.

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  • Sabres' Kale Clague: Dropped to AHL

    Clague was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Sunday.

    Clague dressed in two games with Buffalo during his NHL stint, tallying one assist and averaging 10:12 of ice time. With Owen Power (hand) back from injured reserve, Clague was no longer needed at the top level.

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  • Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Strong again in win

    Luukkonen stopped 30 of 32 shots in Sunday's 3-2 shootout victory over Carolina.

    Luukkonen allowed just a pair of goals Sunday, a Tony DeAngelo tally early in the opening period and a Martin Necas power-play marker in the third, before blanking the Hurricanes in the shootout to earn the win. The 24-year-old Luukkonen has won five of his last six outings, posting an impressive .933 save percentage in that span. Overall, he's 17-14-2 with a .914 save percentage and 2.45 GAA this season. Luukkonen has started 12 of Buffalo's last 14 contests, so he figures to get the nod again Tuesday on the road versus the Panthers.

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  • Sabres' Owen Power: Removed from IR

    Power (hand) was activated from injured reserve Sunday, per the NHL's media site.

    Power will likely get back into the lineup Sunday against the Hurricanes. The 21-year-old blueliner missed the previous six games and hasn't dressed since Feb. 10. Power has 18 points in 51 games this season but just one over his last nine contests.

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  • Sabres' Victor Olofsson: Returns to practice

    Olofsson (illness) is expected to rejoin the Sabres on Sunday against the Hurricanes, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports.

    Olofsson had missed the Sabres' last four contests with an illness, though he was back at practice Sunday prior to a home matchup with Carolina. It's been a tough year for the 28-year-old Olofsson -- he has four goals and 12 points through 35 games while serving as a healthy scratch of late.

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  • Sabres' Erik Johnson: Ready to rock

    Johnson (illness) will play Sunday versus the Hurricanes, according to Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550.

    Johnson, who will return from a one-game absence, will replace Kale Clague in the lineup against Carolina. The 35-year-old Johnson has produced three goals, 39 shots on net, 65 blocked shots and 88 hits across 48 outings this season.

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  • Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Set to start Sunday

    Luukkonen is slated to patrol the home crease Sunday versus Carolina, according to Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News.

    Luukkonen has won four of his past five outings, stopping 127 of 136 shots during that span. In 33 games this season, he has registered a 16-14-2 record with four shutouts, a 2.48 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Hurricanes sit 12th in the league this campaign with 3.30 goals per contest.

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  • Sabres' Kale Clague: Supplies apple in win

    Clague posted an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Clague was promoted to the parent club Monday, following Owen Power's placement on injured reserve due to a hand injury. There had been a fair amount of hype with Clague when the Kings took him in the second round (No. 51 overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but he has appeared in only 93 top-level contests between the Kings, Canadiens and Sabres, adding a pair of goals and 19 assists in a five-year span.

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  • Sabres' Jacob Bryson: Provides helper in win

    Bryson provided an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Bryson danced around the blue line and fed Connor Clifton, who scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres. The tally held up as the game-winner. Bryson continues to hold down the fort while Owen Power (hand) remains on injured reserve, picking up three assists, five hits and 14 blocked shots through 11 games. The 26-year-old Bryson also has three assists in 10 outings with AHL Rochester this season.

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  • Sabres' Zach Benson: Supplies assist in low-scoring game

    Benson added an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Benson is showing flashes of his potential as the 13th overall pick from the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. The 5-foot-9 prospect has six goals and 11 assists through 46 games and 14:50 of average ice time, but expectations should be tempered as he's just 18 years old and trying to prove he belongs after making the grand leap from the WHL directly to hockey's highest level of competition.

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  • Sabres' Connor Clifton: Pots game-winner Friday

    Clifton scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Blue Jackets.

    It was the 28-year-old defender's first goal in nearly a calendar year and first in a Sabres jersey, and it was also his first career GWG. Clifton snapped a 16-game point drought with the tally, but offense has never been a big part of his game. He's been a solid stay-at-home addition to Buffalo's blue line this season, racking up 141 hits, 79 blocked shots, 60 PIM and 12 points over 54 contests.

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  • Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Sharp in Columbus

    Luukkonen made 25 saves in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Dmitri Voronkov got a puck past him on a Columbus power play midway through the first period, but otherwise, Luukkonen shut down the home squad's offense. The 24-year-old netminder has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of 15 starts since rising to the top of Buffalo's depth chart in early January, going 9-6-0 over that stretch with a stellar 1.75 GAA and .936 save percentage.

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  • Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Tending twine Friday

    Luukkonen will get the starting nod in Columbus on Friday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Luukkonen has won three of his last four starts while allowing just eight goals on 110 shots during that span. He's started six of Buffalo's seven games since returning from the All-Star break while registering a .919 save percentage. On the year, he's 15-14-2 with a 2.52 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 2.88 2.98 15.0

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Skinner LW Jeff Skinner LW Undisclosed
J. Quinn RW Jack Quinn RW Lower Body
M. Samuelsson D Mattias Samuelsson D Upper Body

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