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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 7, 2019

Updates from Sweden, prospects news, and more.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

It's Day 4 in Sweden, meaning we're one day away from getting back to game action against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Sabres took the ice at Ericsson Globe for their final practice of the week at 9 a.m. this morning. We'll have updates from players and coach Ralph Krueger afterward. 

In the meantime, here's what you need to know.


Setting the stage

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We've covered the fact that the Sabres have six Swedes on their roster for the trip: Rasmus Dahlin, Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson, Victor Olofsson, Lawrence Pilut, and Linus Ullmark. 

What might come as a surprise is that he six of them have limited experience playing at Ericsson Globe, Sweden's premier hockey venue. 

"This is the biggest arena in Sweden," Dahlin said. "It's going to be a dream to play here. I've never played here. …If you're from Sweden, you want to play here if you play hockey."

Chris Ryndak spoke with players to get background on the venue that will host two games between Buffalo and Tampa Bay this weekend. Find it all here. 

Both the Sabres and the Lightning should have large contingents on hand for the games this weekend. Nick Cotsonika of wrote that the league's growing popularity in Sweden has shown since the two teams arrived earlier this week:

It would be a stretch to say Stockholm is like, say, Buffalo or Tampa or, say, Toronto. Most of the time, most of the players are anonymous in street clothes in town, and when they are recognized, it's because they're traveling in packs at a time when people know the NHL is here.

"I'm sure when people see a bunch of guys that are stumbling around that can't speak Swedish, and they know that the games are going on, they probably put two and two together," Skinner said. "Yeah, I don't know, my Swedish isn't that great. It's kind of a giveaway."

Read Cotsonika's full piece here.

Finally, check out photos from Day 3 - including Dahlin, Jeff Skinner, and Casey Mittelstadt's taste test - here. 


Global Series Diary: Casey Mittelstadt

Mittelstadt checked in for his second entry to, where he describes the team's day off on Tuesday and his foray into Swedish fast food. Read the piece here


Call in Sick on Friday

It's your last chance to concoct a plan to get out of work tomorrow. The Instigators will be hosting their show live from 716 Food and Sport beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, then RJ and Rayzor will be onsite to call the game against the Lightning beginning at 2. 

Reserve your table here. 



Prospects Update

Dylan Cozens (first round, 2019) continued his hot start for Lethbridge, tallying his 12th goal of the season in a 4-1 win over Swift Current last night. Cozens is tied with teammate Oliver Okuliar for second in the WHL with 26 points in 17 games this season. 

Check out the goal - a sharp wrist shot from the left circle - below: 

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