Cody Hodgson C BUF 4 Days

Hodgson found the back of the net for the second time in three games Saturday, and also chipped in an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Panthers.

After a lengthy 27-game goal drought, Hodgson has found his name back in the goal column twice in the last three games. It's definitely not enough say he's out of the proverbial "woods" just yet in terms of his inability to put pucks in the net, but the former 10th-overall pick has fired 19 shots on goal in the last eight games and skated 13:31 against Florida -- his most since January -- so things could be looking up. Keep an eye on him, as often times the league's cellar dwellers (like Buffalo, Arizona and Edmonton) play spoiler for playoff teams this time of year, and the lack of pressure could be a nice recipe for Hodgson to find his game again.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 8 Days

Hodgson scored his third of the season and first in 27 games in a 4-2 win over Columbus on Tuesday.

In a tough year for Hodgson, the hockey gods decided to give him a small break, briefly casting a spell over Anton Forsberg, who misplayed a soft backhand and allowed the puck to trickle into the net. The goal was Hodgson's first since Dec. 13. The Sabres' leading scorer from last year still has time to finish the season strong, but until he strings together two good games don't count on it. Hodgson played just 10:26, but still six minutes higher than the 4:48 he logged against Nashville.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 18 Days

Hodgson will play Sunday against Philadelphia after a two-game absence, reports the Olean Times Herald.A healthy scratch the past two games, Hodgson returns to the lineup with Patrick Kaleta (lower-body) unavailable for Sunday's game. Hodgson has struggled mightily this season, with just two goals in 51 games. He'll skate on a line with center Matt Ellis and Johan Larsson, who was recalled from AHL Rochester. Hodgson needs a good performance to stay in head coach Ted Nolan's good graces. He'll get an extended look with the Sabres banged up, but if he doesn't perform well Nolan will be quick to yank him from the lineup.

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Hodgson will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against Ottawa, reports The Buffalo News.After sitting against the Islanders, Tuesday will be Hodgson's second straight game as a healthy scratch and it doesn't look like he'll be back in the lineup anytime soon. Head coach Ted Nolan hoped Hodgson would be angry after getting scratched against his former team in Vancouver, but admitted that "every personality on the team is different" and that benching Hodgson may not have had the desired effect. The underachieving forward has a $4.25 million cap hit but has been one of the league's worst players this year. He's a non-starter in fantasy.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 29 Days

Hodgson notched an assist against Montreal on Tuesday, one game after being made a healthy scratch.

If head coach Ted Nolan wanted to light a fire under Hodgson's butt, scratching the former 10th overall pick against his former team certainly did the trick. He didn't get all of Nolan's confidence back, however, playing just 11:43. Hodgson's assist opened the scoring and marks his second point in four games and gives him eight points in 49 games on the year. It may be too little, too late for Hodgson to be a fantasy asset this year, though.

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Hodgson remains confident he can score in the NHL, reports The Buffalo News.

"I still think I have it," Hodgson told The Buffalo News. After sitting as a healthy scratch Friday against his former team in Vancouver, Hodgson will return to the lineup Tuesday against Montreal on the third line with Brian Flynn at center and Drew Stafford on the right wing. Head coach Ted Nolan wanted to "get messages across" to Hodgson and it remains to be seen if anything will come of it. Hodgson's effort level needs to improve. This is a little reminiscent of his time in Vancouver when then head coach Alain Vigneault implied to the media that he didn't think Hodgson was working hard enough to return from a back injury. Hodgson has seven points in 48 games and is of no fantasy value this season. His future with the Sabres is in doubt at the moment.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 1 Month

Hodgson, who was a healthy scratch Friday against the Canucks, will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game in Montreal.

Hodgson will likely center the Sabres' fourth line, which would presumably push Matt Ellis out of the lineup. With just seven points in 48 games, Hodgson is having the least productive season of his career.

Cody Hodgson C BUF 1 Month

Hodgson was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against Vancouver, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

After consecutive games prior to the All-Star break with less than eight minutes played, Hodgson opened the second half with a role that was right in line with his season averages on Tuesday and Thursday night in Calgary and Edmonton. With no injury being reported, it's clear that Hodgson has found his way into the dog house again. With seven points in 48 games along with a minus-21 rating, a change of scenery is seemingly on tap for the former 10th overall pick.

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Hodgson played just 50 seconds in the third period in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

Hodgson and linemates Phil Varone and Drew Stafford barely played in the third period as head coach Ted Nolan decided to roll three lines. Hodgson played just 5:57 the whole game and has been held without a point in his past 11 games. He has just six points this season. Hodgson has been a disaster since signing an extension worth $25.5 million in 2013. He's difficult to trade because of his contract, which means the Sabres will need to find a way to get him going. It's unlikely they'll find the answer this season, though.

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Hodgson skated on a two-man fourth line at practice on Thursday, reports The Buffalo News.

With 11 forwards, Hodgson and Chris Stewart skated together as the team awaits a minor league call-up from AHL Rochester. Hodgson was benched for 28 minutes against the Jets after losing a battle along the wall and then losing a foot race against Mark Scheifele that led to a shorthanded goal. Never the fastest or swiftest skater, Hodgson is having trouble keeping up and no matter where head coach Ted Nolan plays him - either at center or left wing - the former 10th overall pick just can't seem to produce. He has just five points this season and has been an extreme disappointing since signing a $25.5 million extension in 2013. Even though he's young and talented, his lack of production forces Nolan to sit him, and his big contract makes him difficult to trade. Hodgson's slated to play Saturday but his leash will be short.