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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gionta's interference penalty led to the Canucks scoring the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 loss.

Gionta took an ill-advised interference penalty against Dan Hamhuis while chasing the puck, and the ensuing power play saw Yannick Weber score the eventual game-winning goal. The Sabres captain didn't have a particularly strong game coming off a two-point effort against Edmonton. Gionta put it on himself after the game and if the Sabres want to snap out of the funk Gionta's not doing them any favors at the moment. He has 13 points in 37 games this year.

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Gionta notched two assists in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday.

Gionta snapped a five-game pointless streak and notched his first multi-point game since Nov. 18. The Sabres captain has struggled all season and admitted it was tough to see his team keep losing while he was sidelined with a head injury. The Sabres are still winless in January and Gionta has just 13 points in 36 games. The former 48-goal scorer and six-time 20-goal scorer has really become a fringe fantasy asset.

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Gionta (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.

Gionta will suit up Tuesday evening against the Flames, marking his first game since Dec. 21. The captain has 11 points and a minus-6 rating over 34 games, putting him on track for his worst scoring total for a full season since 2011-12.

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Gionta (upper body) was on the ice for practice Monday and is expected to play Tuesday against the Flames, Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News reports.

Gionta's return to the ice wasn't much of a surprise after he was ruled out for the final two games prior to the All-Star break mostly as a precaution, but what was more notable was the captain insistence that he never sustained a concussion -- nor any other head injury -- as was previously believed. He remains listed on injured reserve for now with the upper-body ailment, but expect his formal activation to come following Tuesday's morning skate.

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Gionta (concussion) will miss both of the Sabres' final two games before the All-Star break.

Gionta was initially ruled out for just Saturday's game against the Flyers, with a slim possibility he might be able to suit up Sunday against the Red Wings. Coach Ted Nolan has now effectively closed the door on that, saying that the team will give the captain some extra days to rest to ensure he's 100 percent healthy before he plays again. Look for him to make his return to the lineup Jan. 27 against the Flames.

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Gionta (concussion) will not play Saturday against the Flyers, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

Gionta reportedly may play Sunday when Buffalo takes on Detroit. However, it is far more likely that the team will exercise caution and keep Gionta out until the Sabres' first game following the NHL All-Star break. Buffalo's first game after the break is scheduled for Jan. 27 in Calgary.

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Gionta (concussion) is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

Gionta has been able to practice the last few days, but coach Ted Nolan indicated he wanted to exercise some patience with the winger to avoid the potential for a setback. Gionta has missed the last 10 games with the head injury and will target a return for the first game out of the break, scheduled for Jan. 27 in Calgary.