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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 25, 2019

Revisiting the loss in New York and looking ahead to Detroit

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Sabres were unable to overcome an early deficit in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night. 

They have a chance to rebound tonight. The Sabres will visit the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena for the first time this season, with coverage on MSG beginning at 7 p.m. The puck drops at 7:30.

Here's what you need to know. 


About last night

The Rangers built a 3-0 lead in the first period on the strength of goals from Artemi Panarin, Brett Howden, and Ryan Strome. From that point on, every time the Sabres inched back, the Rangers responded.

Marco Scandella and Vladimir Sobotka scored the two Sabres goals. Carter Hutton made 18 saves in his first loss of the season. 

Scandella and Jimmy Vesey both left the game with injuries in the second period. Scandella returned to the bench for the third, though he did not skate another shift. Vesey did not return. 

The team was traveling with a 13th forward in Evan Rodrigues and a seventh defenseman in John Gilmour. They added an eighth by recalling William Borgen from Rochester this morning. 

Read the Lexus Postgame Report from New York for full highlights and reactions. Here's an excerpt:

Overall, the Sabres are now 8-2-1 on the season and despite the mistakes, they know they're trending in the right direction. 

"The growth process doesn't change depending on the score of a game. We are still making mistakes. We made mistakes in past games that we were able to find ways to win," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "And today, we just couldn't recover from the hole that we dug ourselves into. This is not a big problem. These guys are trying and sometimes it's because they're trying a little too hard that the mistakes are happening. We need to get that balance better. 

"We're not OK with the puck management we had today. None of us are," he continued. "We didn't show the Rangers enough respect and they punished us for it. We will learn from that. We're not OK with that. 

"Again, we have to find that balance and we're working on it. We want to play on our toes. We want to play hockey that pushes us forward. We still need to work on some things to get that right."


Inside the locker room

Hear postgame reactions from coach Ralph Krueger, Hutton, alternate captain Marcus Johansson, and defenseman Rasmus Dahlin below. 

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Hutton

Video: POSTGAME: Johansson

Video: POSTGAME: Dahlin


Tonight's matchup

As was the case with the Rangers, the Red Wings enter the contest amid a prolonged losing streak. Detroit's skid hit six games with a 5-2 loss in Ottawa on Wednesday. 

Also like the Rangers, the Red Wings have struggled to keep opponents off the board. They have allowed exactly five goals in five of their last six losses. Their average of 3.80 goals against per game is the second-highest mark in the NHL. 

Anthony Mantha leads the Red Wings with seven goals and 11 points in 10 games. Tyler Bertuzzi enters the contest riding a three-game point streak, during which he's tallied a goal and two assists.

Here are tonight's top notes from Sabres PR: 

•   The Sabres are 8-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 5-1-0 record on the road and a 3-0-1 record last season.

•   The Sabres enter tonight's game with wins in three consecutive visits to Detroit for just the second time in franchise history, joining Buffalo's five-game road winning streak against the Red Wings from Oct. 25, 1979 to Dec. 12, 1981.

•   Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 16 points (1+15) in 15 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of his last five (1+6) and at least a point in all eight road games during that span (1+11).

•   Marcus Johansson is expected to appear in his 600th NHL game tonight.


How good was Gilbert Perreault?

We spent the summer picking the brains of alumni for their favorite memories from 50 seasons of Sabres hockey. Those who played with Gilbert Perreault agreed: He was so good, even he didn't know how he did the things he did. 

Check out the feature on No. 11 in the video below. 

Video: Sabres Memories: How good was Gilbert Perreault?

Feeling nostalgic? Join us for 70s Night at KeyBank Center against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Nov. 2. 


It's almost Halloween

We're celebrating with Sabres pumpkin-carving templates, which you can find in the tweet below. 

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Feeling ambitious about pumpkin-carving season? 🎃Check out our new #Sabres50 templates:

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