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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Grier

Current Devils assistant coach looks back at his playoff years with the Sabres

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

Mike Grier was a reliable right winger for the Sabres over his two stints with the team from 2004-2006 and 2009-2011. He played in a total of 272 regular-season and playoff games with Buffalo.

Now an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, he gave Sabres.com a few minutes of his time last week when he was in town before their game against the Sabres.

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Sharpen Up: January 17, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

What a finish. Jack Eichel's overtime goal gave Buffalo a 4-3 win in Calgary last night. 

The Sabres are set to return to practice today in Vancouver. They have a game against the Canucks tomorrow night to wrap up the three-game road trip. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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'Typical Eichs': Eichel's OT goal clinches win in Calgary

Dahlin makes history; Rodrigues nets another

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - Jack Eichel looked as though he might play the full five minutes in overtime, if that's what it took. 

The Sabres captain had missed on a pair of point-blank chances in the first period and rung the crossbar with a backhand shot in overtime when he gathered the puck in the neutral zone at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, already a minute into a long shift.

Eichel faked a drop pass as if he was about to head to the bench, then began to glide toward the Calgary zone. He knew Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was at the end of his own long shift. When Giordano lunged to try and poke the puck away, he pounced. 

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Dahlin, Sabres look ahead to tough test in Calgary

Ullmark gets the nod in net against high-powered Flames

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - Rasmus Dahlin received plenty of praise for his performance against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, but the rookie defenseman said the bottom line - a 7-2 loss - overshadowed any thought of personal success. 

"When the team plays like that, you don't think about your game that much," he said. "I mean, we started off good. I started off good. But it was not a good game so I can't say I played a good game."

Dahlin and the Sabres will look to right the ship tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames lead the Western Conference with 64 points this season and rank second in the NHL with an average of 3.68 goals per game. They're 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, coming off a 7-1 win over Arizona. 

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Sharpen Up: January 16, 2019

Here's what you need to know before Buffalo takes on Calgary tonight

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres and Flames go at it tonight in Calgary. Stay up late with us starting with the GMC Game Night pregame show on MSG at 9 p.m. Dan and Rayzor will have the call on MSG and WGR 550 at 9:30. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres get back to work, expect 'emotional response' in Calgary

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - Coming into the season, the Sabres used honest conversation as a means toward rebounding from a last-place finish. They diagnosed what needed to change, opened the floor for players to speak and focused on learning to ride the waves of an 82-game season. 

They had that experience to lean on when they came to work at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, where they broke down what went wrong in a 7-2 loss in Edmonton the night prior.

"I think it's just more of being honest with each other," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "Obviously, we didn't like the way we played. To move forward, sometimes you've got to take a step back and look at what's going on. 

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Smith takes over Amerks scoring lead with hat trick against Marlies

Janik, Langdon to be inducted into Amerks Hall of Fame on Feb. 8

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks come into the week sitting atop the AHL's North Division standings with a narrow two-point lead, having earned 10 out of a possible 16 points in their last eight contests. 

Among all AHL teams, only the Charlotte Checkers have more wins (28) than the Amerks (23), who are second overall in the Eastern Conference with a .632 points percentage at the halfway point of the 2018-19 season.

 

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Sharpen Up: January 15, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Tuesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The first game of the three-game road trip didn't get off to the start the Sabres wanted. They lost 7-2 last night to the Edmonton Oilers. 

Buffalo will return to practice this afternoon in Calgary before taking on the Flames tomorrow night at Scotiabank Saddledome. Faceoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550 with the GMC Game Night pregame show kicking off at 9 on MSG. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres look to move forward following loss to Oilers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

EDMONTON - In the moments following a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres were already looking forward. 

The Oilers' seven goals were the most allowed by the Sabres in single game this season, the result of costly mistakes that piled up throughout the night. Eichel and his teammates acknowledged the areas in need of improvement while also stressing the importance of remaining even-keeled.

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Sabres look to continue success against McDavid, Oilers

Buffalo has won last four games against Edmonton

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

EDMONTON - Rasmus Ristolainen knows as well as anyone that stopping the Edmonton Oilers begins with slowing down No. 97. 

The defenseman knocked on the wooden stall in the visitors' dressing room at Rogers Place when reminded he'd done a pretty good job at it in the past. 

"It's a challenge for me, for the team, every [time]," Ristolainen said. "He's a top-two player in the world right now so you know it's a big challenge. You want to see where you're at and as a team too. If you want to get two points tonight, you've got to start shutting him down first."

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