Marco Scandella
D BUF
3 days ago

Scandella was handed a max fine under the CBA ($5,000) for slashing Penguins' forward Patric Hornqvist, per the NHL Department of Player Safety.

EDGE Analysis

Scandella received a two-minute minor penalty on the play, but will not miss any game action as a result. Slashing has been a huge focus of the NHL this season, which is likely factoring into the decision to fine the blueliner. The Montreal native picked up an assist in Tuesday's matchup as well -- his fourth of the season.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
4 days ago

Scandella, who missed Monday's practice due to illness but was back on the ice Tuesday morning, will play against Pittsburgh, the Olean Times Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Both the Pens and Sabres enter the game struggling to win, but the Pens have dominated them in recent years. Scandella was never in doubt to miss Tuesday's game, and he will once again serve as the Sabres' top defenseman with Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body) out of the lineup. Scandella has a tough task ahead of him going up against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
6 days ago

Scandella (illness) should play Tuesday against Pittsburgh after sitting out Monday's practice, the Olean Times Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Rasmus Ristolainen out of the lineup, Scandella has been Buffalo's top minutes eater, playing 23-27 minutes every night. He had a rough game against Florida on Friday with a minus-3 rating but bounced back the next night against Montreal with four shots on goal and three blocked shots. Despite his increased ice time, Scandella has just three assists in 17 games this season, further proof that his offensive production is limited by his skill. Scandella is averaging over 23 minutes per game this season but he's waiver wire fodder in most fantasy leagues.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
6 days ago

Scandella recorded four shots on goal in 25:11 of ice time during Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal.

EDGE Analysis

Scandella has been averaging 23:38 of ice time throughout the first 17 games of 2017-18, and has been playing on the first defensive pairing and first power-play unit with Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body) currently week-to-week. Despite receiving big minutes, Buffalo has only averaged 2.35 goals per game this season -- third worst in the NHL -- and as long as its offense continues struggling as a collective, it's hard to see Scandella start increasing his points production.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
1 month ago

Scandella (hip) will be in the lineup against Montreal on Thursday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Zach Bogosian (lower body) ruled out and Josh Gorges serving as a healthy scratch, process of elimination dictates that Scandella is ready to go for Opening Night. The 27-year-old will be making his debut for the Sabres after spending the last seven seasons playing for the Wild. The defenseman will be looking for a bounce back campaign in the Nickel City after notching a mere 13 points last year.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
2 months ago

Scandella (hip) returned to practice Friday, The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Swords are easing their newcomer defenseman into hockey action following his surgical hip procedure performed over the summer. While he may be a new face to the Sabres, Scandella finds himself entering the eighth year of his NHL career. Eighty-nine points in 373 contests with the Wild doesn't inspire confidence in fantasy owners, but he's a decent shot-blocker who can handle minutes in the low 20s.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
2 months ago

Scandella (hip) will not play during the weekend, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scandella's hip is still bothering him after going under the knife over the summer and being put through tough skates during the first few days of training camp. There's no reason to panic just wait for Buffalo's new acquisition, and Scandella should be ready to go for their season opener against the Habs on Oct. 5.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
2 months ago

Scandella (hip) will not play in Buffalo's preseason opener against Carolina on Monday, The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scandella had surgery on his left hip over the summer, and head coach Phil Housley said he's just "a little sore." The word out of Buffalo is that pace at camp has been very high with a particular emphasis on skating. It's not entirely surprising, considering Housley's preferred up-tempo style of play. Scandella also missed Sunday's skate but his hip is not believed to be a major issue and he should be ready to go for the season opener on Oct. 5.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
2 months ago

Scandella (hip) will be healthy for the start of training camp.

EDGE Analysis

Scandella will have a chance to make a good impression on his new squad right away. He's not known for his offensive production, recording just four goals and nine assists last season, but he holds his own in the defensive zone and breaks the puck out well. The 27-year-old defenseman is projected as a second-rotation blueliner, where he'll see aboutu 19 minutes of ice time a game and help immensely on the penalty kill.

Marco Scandella
D BUF
5 months ago

Scandella (hip) was shipped to Buffalo from Minnesota on Friday -- along with Jason Pominville -- in a swap for Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scandella is still recovering from offseason hip surgery, but is expected to be ready in time for training camp. The 27-year-old registered just four goals and nine helpers on the year and ended 2016-17 on a 20-game pointless streak. The Sabres clearly didn't bring in the blueliner for his offensive contributions -- his career high is only 23 points -- but he should get more ice time than he did last season with Minnesota -- 18:20 per game.