Cory Schneider G NJ 6 minutes ago
Schneider will be in goal versus Minnesota on Monday, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports.
Despite giving up just 12 goals in his last five matchups, Schneider has garnered a mere one victory -- along with a pair of overtime defeats. The netminder has played well against the Wild in his career, posting a 11-6-0 record and .915 save percentage in 18 games and will no doubt be hoping history repeats itself Monday.
Robin Lehner G BUF 12 minutes ago
Lehner will patrol the blue paint for Monday's clash with Columbus, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 reports.
Lehner's performances has been lackluster at best as he has registered a 3.37 GAA and 1-3-1 record in his previous five contests. The netminder had a brief run of solid outings in late October, but has otherwise struggled to keep pucks out of the back of the net. A banged up blue line that is without Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Taylor Fedun (lower body) or Matt Tennyson (foot) is certainly a factor in the team's 3.50 goals allowed per game, however, the ultimate blame lies with Lehner as the last line of defense.
Devan Dubnyk G MIN 21 minutes ago
Dubnyk will tend the twine in Monday's tilt versus the Devils, Jessi Pierce of NHL.com reports.
Despite giving up four goals in his most recent performance, Dubnyk still managed to extend his winning streak to four games. The goaltender's subpar outing against the Predators followed a run of three straight shutouts. It appears the 2004 first-round pick has shaken off his rough start to the year (a 4-6-1 record with a 3.04 GAA) and will look to keep rolling as the team welcomes New Jersey to town.
DTDChristian Djoos D WSH 29 minutes ago
Djoos (upper body) has yet to resume skating, Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Djoos was injured during a Nov. 14 loss to the Predators and has only recently begun doing off-ice workouts. The 23-year-old hasn't landed on injured reserve yet (nor has a replacement been called up from AHL Hershey), but it's looking like he'll be out of the lineup a while longer. Taylor Chorney should draw into the lineup more frequently as a result, but with a back-to-back matchup after Thanksgiving, don't be surprised if Aaron Ness takes the ice at some point.
Braden Holtby G WSH 32 minutes ago
Holtby will defend the cage against the Flames on Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Holtby has been on a tear of late -- with just one bad outing in Nashville -- as he has posted a 7-1-0 record with a 2.31 GAA in his previous eight matchups. Considering how dominant the Predators have been at Bridgestone Arena, one could certainly excuse the netminder's poor performance Nov. 14. Calgary won't relish facing the 28-year-old considering he is 4-1-1 in his career versus the Flames and firing on all cylinders.
Mike Smith G CGY 41 minutes ago
Smith will be between the pipes against the Capitals on Monday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Smith has faced a lot of rubber in his previous five outings (141 shots on goal), which has seen him give up four or more goals in three of those contests. Fortunately for the Ontario native -- and fantasy owners -- the offense has bailed him out and helped him earn a 3-1-0 record. Facing opposing netminder Braden Holtby, Smith probably shouldn't count on a lot of offensive support and will have to perform significantly better if he wants to come away with the victory.
IRJacob Josefson C BUF 42 minutes ago
Josefson (undisclosed) is now considered day-to-day, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Josefson's status was upgraded after being week-to-week a couple of days ago. The versatile forward has appeared in just six games for the Sabres this season. While his return likely won't move the needle much for the struggling Sabres, having a healthy lineup will be a move in the right direction. Josefson will not play Monday against Columbus, which means recent call-up Kyle Criscuolo will draw into the lineup.
Jack Eichel C BUF 60 minutes ago
Eichel will be playing with Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville on a newly-formed line Monday against Columbus, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Eichel was most recently playing with Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart, but both have moved up to the top line with Ryan O'Reilly. There's some debate about whether Eichel's line is the second or the third, but the bottom line is that head coach Phil Housley is trying to send a message. Eichel hasn't produced like the elite goal scorer he should be, and the Sabres offense is among the league's worst. It's hard to see Johan Larsson's line with Kyle Okposo and Benoit Pouliot get more ice time than Eichel's line, but the Sabres are experimenting with all sorts of different looks to see what works. Girgensons may be able to open up the ice with his size and strength, and Pominville may force opposing defenses to pay attention to him, which could open up some ice for Eichel. He remains a valuable commodity across all fantasy leagues, but may not be worth starting until he and the Sabres figure out how to score more goals.
DTDShea Weber D MTL 1 hour ago
Weber exited Monday's practice after just a few minutes of skating, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
While there was no update from the team regarding the nature of Weber's absence, it could be related to the fact that he logged just 21:09 of ice time against Toronto on Saturday -- nearly five minutes below his season average. Despite the potential injury, the defenseman will still Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports with the team on its upcoming two-game road trip. In the event the all-star is unable to play, he would likely be replaced by either Brandon Davidson or David Schlemko (hand), who seems to be trending in the right direction in his recovery.
Sam Reinhart C BUF 1 hour ago
Reinhart found himself skating alongside Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly on Monday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Head coach Phil Housley mixed up the lines Monday with the Sabres mired in a five-game losing streak with just two goals scored in their past two games. Reinhart, who has played with Kane before, is an interesting choice on the top line. Through 20 games he has scored just eight points and averaging a little less than 16 minutes of ice time per game, a small decline from the 17:13 he averaged last year. Kane will generate offense and O'Reilly provides the speed, and hopefully Reinhart's high hockey IQ will put him in a good position to succeed. Reinhart has moved all over the lineup this season but still hasn't really found a permanent home. The Sabres will face a tough test against the Blue Jackets on Monday, and it's best to see how Reinhart responds to his promotion before fantasy owners consider picking him up.