Cody Hodgson has been inching his way toward the press box. He started the season on a scoring line, but after failing to score he went to the fourth line. During the Sabres' last game, he played a season-low 7:53, the least ice time of anyone against Minnesota.

The forward is getting another chance tonight against Toronto, but his chances may be running out to avoid being a healthy scratch.

"Obviously, I need to be better," Hodgson said this morning in First Niagara Center. "That’s the first thing. If you’re producing on the ice, then you’re going to get more ice time. There’s not a better way to look at it than that. If I play better, then I’m going to play more."

Hodgson, regarded as the Sabres' forward of the future after signing a six-year, $25.5 million deal in 2013, has just one goal and one assist in 18 games. He's been nearly invisible with only 24 shots (1.3 per game).

"Obviously, he’s struggling a little bit now," coach Ted Nolan said. "We just need him to do what he does, and that’s try to create opportunities to score some goals. If you create them, you have a chance to do them. Right now we’re not creating those chances, so he’s not even having an attempt to score."

Nolan has yet to find the right button to push on the 24-year-old to get him motivated.