Brian Gionta RW BUF 1 month ago

Gionta stayed hot Friday, netting a power-play goal and adding an assist in a loss to Columbus.

Gionta has been a machine of late, cranking out six goals and 13 points in his last nine games. Six of his last nine outings have been multi-point games and he's now up to 35 points in 68 games on the season. Skating on the top power-play unit, the red-hot 36-year-old is worth starting for Saturday's regular-season finale against Pittsburgh.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 2 months ago

Gionta generated a goal and assist in Monday's 4-3 win over the Hurricanes.

Gionta looked to be on his last legs with only 19 points on the season through mid-March, but he's inexplicably turned it on since that time. In his last 12 games, Gionta has five goals and nine assists. That is impressive for even the Crosbys and Ovechkins of the world, much less a forward employed by the Buffalo Sabres. Ride this hot streak out and see if the 36-year-old can give your team a boost over the final few contests of the regular season.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 2 months ago

Gionta collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.

The winger has been a fantasy bright spot for the bottom dwelling Sabres this season, and now has eight points in his last five games. With 11 goals and 19 assists in 64 games on the season, he brings a decent amount of production to the table that most fantasy owners have likely overlooked.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 2 months ago

Gionta potted a goal -- a short-handed tally -- and added an assist in Monday's 4-1 win over Arizona. He now has nine points in his last eight games.

Despite the hot streak, we'd be remiss not to put an asterisk beside this particular box score, as both points came with an empty Arizona net in the last two minutes of the game. Still, Gionta has cranked it up since mid-March, with nearly a third of his 28 points this season coming in the last eight contests. You could certainly roll the dice on him if you're making a very late push for a fantasy title, but just remember: he plays for Buffalo, who have been terrible all year.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 2 months ago

Gionta put up his second straight two-point game Thursday, scoring an unassisted power-play goal among seven shots and adding a power-play assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona.

That's seven points now in the last six games for the suddenly red-hot Gionta, but he's been such a marginal fantasy asset for the last several years -- and the Sabres are so bad -- that it's hard to imagine him maintaining anything resembling this kind of production.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 2 months ago

Gionta scored two goals in Monday's 4-3 loss to Dallas, just the second time this season he's scored two goals in a game.

The last time Gionta scored two goals was Nov. 18, but the Sabres captain seems determined to finish the season on a strong note with five points in his past five games. He's played more than 20 minutes in eight of his past 10 games, including 23:23 Monday night with seven shots on goal. Gionta's best days are over and his mini-hot streak might go as quickly as it came, but the Sabres face the Coyotes twice and the Avs and Leafs once each over their next four games, so he might be a good play.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 2 months ago

Gionta set up the Sabres' only regulation goal in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins.

Gionta has posted near-identical stat lines the last two games, amassing a power-play helper, four SOG, and between 23 and 24 minutes of ice time in both contests. Unfortunately, even that meager level of production can't be counted on to continue, as Gionta and second-line mates Phil Varone and Marcus Foligno routinely find themselves overmatched on any given night. With 21 points so far, Gionta is on pace to produce his lowest mark for a full season since supplying 15 points for the Canadiens in an injury-plagued 2011-12 campaign.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 3 months ago

Gionta dished out two assists, scored an empty-net goal and went plus-4 in Thursday's win over Vancouver.

With that, Gionta matched his point production from the last 12 games put together. So although this was quite an explosion, it's not one that you can count on persisting. Don't go rushing out to pick up the largely washed-up winger.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 3 months ago

Gionta's second-period goal in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia was the 500th point of his career.The 36-year-old is a veteran of 821 NHL games, and his sixth goal of the season gives him 255 goals and 245 assists in his career. His best days are clearly over with just 15 points in 45 games this season, but should get his fair share of chances in Buffalo. His fantasy upside is very minimal at this point and the team has younger players, such as Zemgus Girgensons, that may be better options.

Brian Gionta RW BUF 4 months ago

Gionta's first period goal was the eventual winner as the Sabres defeated the Canadiens on Tuesday, 3-2.

Gionta has spent time seeking Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier for advice and it seems to have paid off. Scoring under a minute before the first intermission, Gionta's goal snapped a 14-game losing streak. The Sabres captain played 19 minutes, the most since returning from an injury in late January. Gionta's fifth of the season gives him 14 points in 38 games. His best years are clearly behind him, but he still has the ability to score on occasion, though not enough to be considered of any significant fantasy value.