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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 4, 2019

What you need to know as the Sabres arrive in Sweden

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Good morning - or, as they say in Sweden, god morgon.  

The Sabres have touched down in Stockholm, where they'll play two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and Saturday as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe. 

Ralph Krueger spoke about the week ahead following the team's game against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

"We're proud to be ambassadors for the National Hockey League in Europe for that week," Krueger said. "It's a break from all club games in Europe. It's only national teams playing so we will definitely be the focal point and that's a role that we're embracing. 

"… Monday, Tuesday will be an adjustment and then Wednesday, Thursday - we've got two days of practice that are of value to us right now and two very important games. It'll be business as usual for us in another environment, but we do recognize the responsibility that we have. We look forward to the challenge against Tampa, but it is a week of being able to continue to build on what happened today."

The Sabres recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from Rochester on Sunday (along with goalie Andrew Hammond), giving them a sixth Swede on their roster for the trip. The others: Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson, Victor Olofsson, Rasmus Dahlin, and Linus Ullmark. 

Check out photos of the guys from their plane ride here. 

Here's what else you need to know to begin your week.

 

Looking back to '70s Night

The Sabres welcomed back 21 alumni to celebrate the first decade in franchise history during their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday. 

If you haven't already, you'll want to check out the video shown on the jumbotron prior to the game:

Video: '70s Night Video

During the game, alumni Jim Schoenfeld and Rick Dudley both joined the broadcast to reflect on their time as Sabres:

Video: Jim Schoenfeld interview

Video: Rick Dudley Interview

And, while you're in the '70s spirit, check out the first two Sabres Memories presented by BlueCross BlueShield, which focus on Gilbert Perreault and Danny Gare. 

Video: Sabres Memories: How good was Gilbert Perreault?

 Video: Why Danny Gare's nickname is "Tickets"

 

About the game

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres can't solve Varlamov in 1-0 loss

The Sabres outshot and out-chanced the Islanders but were never able to push one past goaltender Semyon Varlamov in a 1-0 loss. 

"We worked hard, we got back to our way from last night," alternate captain Marcus Johansson said. "We just couldn't get it done. I think we worked hard, and we tried everything we had but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Find complete highlights and reaction in the Lexus Postgame Report. 

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