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Kelvin Benjamin Headshot

Benjamin (knee) did not take part in Friday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of 7 ABC Buffalo reports.

Unless Benjamin gets some work in behind the scenes Friday he will not practice at all this week, so the chances of him taking the field this week are not good. Expect an official update on Benjamin's Week 12 status following the conclusion of Friday's session.
11:26 am (EST)
Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb will start at shooting guard in Friday's game against the Cavaliers.

With Nicolas Batum (elbow) out for Friday's contest, Lamb will make his return to the starting lineup. Lamb is coming off one of his best performances of the season in Wednesday's overtime win over the Wizards, as he scored 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. Now, as a starter, Lamb should see even more opportunties on the offensive end, especially against a Cavaliers defense that has been leaky at times.
11:23 am (EST)
Nicolas Batum Headshot

Batum (elbow) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.

Batum is still dealing with a contusion to the same elbow he injured prior to the start of the regular season, so it makes sense that the Hornets are taking precautionary measures with the swingman. Batum has not been given a specific timetable for recovery, but he said he feels fine, so it shouldn't be too long before he is back on the floor. In his absence, Jeremy Lamb will get the start at shooting guard while rookie Dwayne Bacon will likely see extended minutes off the bench.
11:19 am (EST)
Cam Ward Headshot

Ward will tend the goal at home against the Maple Leafs on Friday.

This is perhaps a bit of a surprise, but Ward has played unusually well this year. He has a .922 save percentage through five games, but that's not likely to continue. He hasn't posted a save percentage higher than .910 in his last five seasons.
11:17 am (EST)
Rasmus Ristolainen Headshot

Ristolainen (upper body) will return for Friday's game against the Oilers, the Buffalo News reports.

This return couldn't come soon enough for the Sabres. Ristolainen is Buffalo's best defenseman, and he plays a ton of minutes. Before he was injured, he was averaging 27:10 per game in ice time.
11:12 am (EST)
Kari Lehtonen Headshot

Lehtonen (personal) is back with the team ahead of Friday's game with the Flames.

Lehtonen may be returning, but he's still backing up Ben Bishop. This just means Mike McKenna is heading back down to the AHL.
11:10 am (EST)
Robin Lehner Headshot

Lehner will start in goal for Friday's game against the Oilers, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

Lehner last came in for relief of Chad Johnson in Wednesday's matchup with the Wild and played nearly 39 minutes, allowing two goals on 19 shots. The inconsistent play from the goalies has been a big reason for the Sabres' struggles this season, but Lehner will have an solid opportunity Friday against an Oilers team that has struggled to put the puck in the net so far this season.
11:09 am (EST)
Matt Murray Headshot

Murray will start on the road Friday against the Bruins.

Murray is off to a slow start to the season with a 2.88 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He's played much better in previous seasons, and in the playoffs, so he will likely turn it around. It just hasn't happened yet.
11:07 am (EST)
Kyle Kuzma Headshot

Kuzma tallied 17 points (7-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt), two rebound and a steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 113-102 loss to the Kings.

Kuzma's strong play at the four continued Wednesday, although his contributions were primarily limited to scoring as opposed to rebounding, where he normally averages 6.3 rebounds per game. Kuzma's stock will continue to be high as theLakers' second-leading scorer and should be considered at least a second-tier starter in all formats.
11:05 am (EST)
Lonzo Ball Headshot

Ball recorded 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 11 assists, seven rebounds and a steal across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 113-102 loss to the Kings.

Ball's roller-coaster rookie campaign continues, as his wild deviation in production swings from night-to-night. Coach Luke Walton and the Lakers are potentially sacrificing a better record by pushing Ball into the starting rotation when Jordan Clarkson has clearly been the better point guard thus far this season, but that pattern will not change as long as the brochures and posters at the Staples Center feature Ball as the new face of the team. Each night is an adventure for Ball, so while you have to consider him, you have to expect the swings as well.
11:01 am (EST)
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