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HALL: We've got that holiday feeling

by Lauren Hall @LaurenHall / Sabres.com

Happy December, Sabres fans! The team is living out the phrase "home for the holidays" this month, by playing eight games at KeyBank Center, including a four game homestand over the next two weeks. That means plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season with our fans, and hopefully a few more wins, too! 

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Sharpen Up: December 7, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Phew. Buffalo came out on top in overtime last night after trailing the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 late in the third period to earn two much-needed points. It was perhaps a signature game for Rasmus Ristolainen. The defenseman scored the overtime winner, picked up two assists and logged a ton (A TON) of ice time.

Here's what you need to know.

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Ristolainen's OT goal seals comeback win over Oilers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

For a split second, it looked like the Buffalo Sabres had been snake bitten by one more dreaded post. With their goalie pulled in the final minute of their game against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, Ryan O'Reilly took a shot that looked like it just might tie the game. Instead, the shot clanked off the post, producing a sound that has become all too familiar for the Sabres this season.

Then again, maybe their fortunes have finally changed because, again, that was only for a split second. Evander Kane was waiting in the crease to knock in the rebound to score his second goal of the night to tie the game with 28.3 seconds remaining in regulation and Rasmus Ristolainen clinched a 4-3 win for the Sabres with a one-time shot 57 seconds into overtime.

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Amerks win 2 of 3 and hit the road for 3 straight

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans were able to snap a six-game winless streak, winning two of three games last week, and they'll hit the road for three games this weekend. At 9-12-0-1, the Amerks currently sit in sixth place in the North Division.

2 In The Box

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Defensemen have another tough task against Oilers

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The first time the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers met this season, Buffalo used a combination of stout defending and timely goals to pull out of Edmonton with a 6-2 victory on Oct. 16.

They'll go again tonight at KeyBank Center for the second and final time this season, and Buffalo's defensive strategy is going to be very similar, albeit with very different personnel. 

Only three of the six Sabres defensemen who suited up in that game are available for tonight's 7 p.m. faceoff. Josh Gorges, Zach Bogosian and Dmitry Kulikov are all out due to injury, so Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and Cody Franson will be tasked with handling the high-octane Oilers forwards with Brendan Guhle, Justin Falk and Erik Burgdoerfer.

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Sharpen Up: December 6, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Not a lot of time to dwell on last night's 3-2 overtime loss in Washington. The Sabres are right back it tonight with a home game against the Edmonton Oilers, who have been here waiting. 

Here's what you need to know.

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Sabres lose third-period lead, fall to Caps in OT

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

WASHINGTON - Only 10 days had passed between games at Verizon Center for the Buffalo Sabres by the time they returned on Monday night, and those days hadn't been kind to the Washington Capitals. Since beating the Sabres 3-1 on Nov. 25, Washington had lost three straight games in which they were a combined 1-for-16 on the power play.

The Sabres were looking for revenge in their rematch, and found themselves in good position to get it when they entered the second intermission with a 2-1 lead on the strength of goals from Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo. Washington's power play continued to struggle as Buffalo had already killed off two penalties. 

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After long pro journey, Burgdoerfer to make NHL debut

Lehner in net; Fedun day-to-day

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

WASHINGTON - Erik Burgdoerfer's career has taken him from Bakersfield, Calif. to Oklahoma City, Okla. and back again. It took him back and forth between Hershey, Pa. and North Charleston, S.C. This season it took him to Rochester, and on Monday - finally - he'll represent his mother's hometown team in the Buffalo Sabres.

Burgdoerfer will follow Brendan Guhle as the second player in as many games to make his NHL debut on the back end for the Sabres when they play the Washington Capitals on Monday night. But unlike Guhle, who made his debut as a 19-year-old recall from junior hockey, Burgdoerfer has already played 480 professional games since 2010, including playoffs. 

Burgdoerfer's mother, Jane, is a native of Western New York. When he received the call from Amerks coach Dan Lambert, Burgdoerfer admitted it was emotional.

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Estephan goes off with 7 points in 3 games

Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report for the week of December 5

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Last season, Lethbridge Hurricanes centerman Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) pivoted one of most explosive lines in all of junior hockey, producing 20 goals and 74 points in 59 contests while playing primarily with undrafted wingers Tyler Wong and Brayden Burke. 

The line remained intact this season, but when the Hurricanes traded Burke on Nov. 9, many questioned whether or not Estephan could continue to produce at the same rate for the up-and-coming Western Hockey League franchise.

It's safe to say that Estephan has answered the call.

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Sharpen Up: December 5, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Another day, another injury on the blue line it seems. Taylor Fedun did not practice with the team yesterday before they flew out to Washington, and today, the Sabres have called up Erik Burgdoerfer from the Rochester Americans. 

Could Burgdoerfer make his NHL debut tonight? 

Here's what you need to know.

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