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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
38-6-4 80
30-12-8 68
31-15-1 63
26-19-3 55
23-22-6 52
21-19-8 50
22-23-3 47
20-25-4 44

2022 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 8 8 1 14:20 32

Top Ilya Lyubushkin News

  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Collects three helpers Saturday

    Lyubushkin recorded three assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Ducks.

    It was a career-best effort for the 28-year-old blueliner, who had never produced more than two points in an NHL game before Saturday. Lyubushkin isn't likely to repeat the performance any time soon, however -- he came into the game with only five points, all helpers, through 30 games, and he hasn't seen a second of power-play time since early November.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Sends shorthanded helper

    Lyubushkin posted a shorthanded assist, four PIM, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Predators.

    Lyubushkin has four helpers over his last 10 contests since returning from a lower-body injury that cost him nine games. He set up Kyle Okposo's third-period tally Saturday, which stood as the game-winner. Lyubushkin has managed five assists, 51 hits, 37 blocked shots and 32 PIM through 27 outings -- even with the recent production, his offense is still too limited to be helpful in most fantasy formats.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: In lineup against Knights

    Lyubushkin (lower body), as expected, will be in action versus Vegas on Monday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    Lyubushkin returns after having been sidelined for the prior nine games due to his lower-body injury. The blueliner has just one assist in 17 contests this year, so fantasy players shouldn't be expecting much out of him in terms of offensive upside the rest of the way.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Expected to play Monday

    Lyubushkin (lower body) is expected to be in Monday's lineup against Vegas, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    Lyubushkin will still need to be officially removed from injured reserve before he's able to play, but it looks like he's ready to return from a nine-game absence. The 28-year-old tallied one assist through his first 17 games this season.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Moves to IR

    Lyubushkin (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, per the NHL media site.

    Lyubushkin hasn't skated with the Sabres since he was injured in the third period against Tampa Bay on Nov. 28. He remains day-to-day. Buffalo activated Jacob Bryson (lower body), who will return to action Sunday against San Jose, from injured reserve in a corresponding move.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Remains day-to-day

    Lyubushkin (lower body) won't play Sunday against San Jose, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports.

    Lyubushkin, who hasn't been in the lineup since Nov. 28, is still listed as day-to-day. He was absent from Sunday's morning skate and it is unclear when he will be ready to return. Lyubushkin has contributed one assist, eight shots on goal, 27 blocks and 36 hits across 17 games this season.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Won't play Wednesday

    Lyubushkin (undisclosed) will not be in the lineup against the Red Wings on Wednesday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Lyubushkin is still being evaluated for his undisclosed injury but has received good news regarding the initial testing results. Without Lyubushkin in the lineup, Lawrence Pilut will suit up for the Sabres for the first time since Nov. 16 versus the Senators. Prior to getting hurt, Lyubushkin was stuck in a 16-game pointless streak and shouldn't be expected to offer more than low-end fantasy value. With a back-to-back on the schedule, it seems a stretch that Lyubushkin will be available against Colorado on Thursday.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Being evaluated

    Lyubushkin (undisclosed) is still being evaluated, Jourdon LaBarber of the Sabres' official site reports.

    Lyubushkin didn't practice Tuesday after leaving Monday's contest against Tampa Bay. He blocked a shot by Lightning forward Steven Stamkos late in the third period.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Seven hits in return to action

    Lyubushkin (lower body) was minus-2 with seven hits in 22:14 of ice time in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning on Saturday.

    He had missed four games with a lower-body injury. Lyubushkin is a tough defender, but he doesn't really ping on the fantasy radar. He's better on the ice than in the fantasy arena.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Back in Saturday

    Lyubushkin (lower body) will play Saturday against Tampa Bay, according to Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550.

    Lyubushkin missed four games because of the injury. He's projected to skate on the top pairing with Jacob Bryson in his return. Bryson has often played alongside Rasmus Dahlin this season, but Dahlin is unavailable due to an upper-body injury. Lyubushkin has an assist in six contests in 2022-23.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Will not play Friday

    Lyubushkin (lower body) will not play Friday versus Carolina, according to Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550.

    The Sabres are giving Lyubushkin another day off and will reevaluate his status Saturday before they face the Lightning. It will be the fourth straight game that Lyubushkin has sat out. He has one assist in six games this season.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Could return Friday

    Lyubushkin (lower body) could return to the lineup Friday against Carolina, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Lyubushkin has missed the last three games, and while he practiced Thursday, the Sabres will wait and see how he feels Friday before deciding on whether or not he will play versus the Hurricanes. The defenseman has one assist with 15 hits and 10 blocked shots in six games this campaign.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Expected to remain out

    Lyubushkin (lower body) is slated to miss out against the Penguins on Wednesday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

    Lyubushkin is poised to miss his third consecutive contest while dealing with his lower-body issue. Even prior to his absence, the defenseman wasn't offering much in the way of fantasy value considering he has just one assist in six contests. Without much in the way of offensive upside, Lyubushkin's absence shouldn't impact the majority of fantasy players.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Unavailable Monday

    Lyubushkin (lower body) won't play Monday against Detroit, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    This will be a second straight game on the sidelines for Lyubushkin after he didn't play Saturday versus Chicago. Coach Don Granato said the Sabres defender hasn't been ruled out yet for the team's other three games this week. Lyubushkin is considered to be day-to-day.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Not playing Saturday

    Lyubushkin will sit out Saturday's game against Chicago with a lower-body injury.

    Lyubushkin wasn't on the ice for the pregame warmups and should be considered day-to-day for now. He has one assist, 10 blocks and 15 hits in six games this season.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Good to go Saturday

    Lyubushkin (lower body) will return to the Sabres' lineup Saturday against Vancouver, according to Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News.

    Lyubushkin missed Thursday's tilt in Calgary after he was injured in Edmonton on Tuesday. He will partner with Owen Power on the second pairing against the Canucks. Lyubushkin has an assist, nine hits and five blocked shots in three games this season.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Expected to miss Thursday's game

    Lyubushkin (lower body) isn't expected to play Thursday against Calgary.

    The good news is Lyubushkin participated in Thursday's morning skate after missing Wednesday's practice, so he seems to be making progress. He was hurt during a 4-2 win over Edmonton on Tuesday. When he's healthy, he serves primarily as a third pairing defenseman.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Injury considered minor

    The Sabres consider Lyubushkin (lower body) to be day-to-day, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

    Lyubushkin was hurt when he blocked a shot during Tuesday's 4-2 win against Edmonton. Fortunately, the testing Lyubushkin underwent suggests it's a minor injury. He didn't practice Wednesday, though, so his availability for Thursday's contest against Calgary is in doubt.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Can't finish Tuesday's game

    Lyubushkin (lower body) was unable to finish Tuesday's game versus the Oilers after blocking a shot, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

    Lyubushkin missed about half of the second period and then played only one shift in the third. The 28-year-old defenseman has been playing on the Sabres' third pairing, so his potential absence will hurt the team more than fantasy managers. An update on his status should surface prior to Thursday's game in Calgary.

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  • Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Signs two-year contract

    Lyubushkin inked a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Sabres on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

    Lyubushkin split time between the Coyotes and Maple Leafs last year, logging a combined 77 games in which he tallied two goals, 13 assists, 187 hits while averaging 17:27 of ice time. With Buffalo, the blueliner could see increased minutes but is unlikely to suddenly develop an offensive game. As such, Lyubushkin figures to remain a low-end fantasy option, though he is capable of racking up hits and blocks.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 208 lbs
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Age: 28
Experience: 4
Shoots: Right