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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on December 10, 2019

Buffalo hosts St. Louis tonight in a game on NBCSN and WGR 550

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres host the St. Louis Blues tonight at KeyBank Center. It's a 7:30 p.m. faceoff on NBCSN and WGR 550.

Tickets are on sale now.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

Tonight's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes… 

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated St. Louis 4-3 (SO) in Buffalo on March 17
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 9 in St. Louis
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues; 3-7-0 at home.

 

  • Johan Larsson enters tonight's game with seven points (1+6) and a plus-6 rating in Buffalo's last six contests. A point tonight would give him his first three-game point streak since November 2016.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored a goal in both games since returning from a 10-game injury absence. He's seeking his first three-game goal streak since October 2018.

 

  • After winning the last meeting between the teams in a shootout, the Sabres are looking for consecutive wins against the Blues for the first time since Nov. 12, 2008 and Dec. 27, 2009.
  • Linus Ullmark has stopped 51 of 55 shots (.927) in his two career meetings with St. Louis.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres entered play Monday with three players among the league's leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jeff Skinner (11, T-7th), Jack Eichel (9, T-15th), Sam Reinhart 9, T-15th).


Eichel named NHL's 3rd Star of the Week

Jack Eichel has been named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending Dec. 8, 2019, the League announced on Monday.

Eichel is riding a 13-game point streak, the longest active streak in the NHL, that began on Nov. 16. In four games this week, Eichel recorded seven points (2+5), including a three-point night on Dec. 2 against New Jersey. The Sabres went 2-1-1 in those four games.

He currently has 23 points (10+13) in what is also the longest point streak of his career. It's the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.

Eichel's point streak is tied with Pastrnak, Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Nathan MacKinnon for the second-longest this season behind Patrick Kane's 15 games for the Chicago Blackhawks from Nov. 2-30, according to NHL.com. He currently ranks seventh in the NHL with 42 points (18+24).


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Holiday ornament sale is tonight

The Buffalo Sabres will once again provide fans a chance to do some holiday shopping while supporting the Buffalo Sabres Foundation with the return of the annual autographed ornament surprise this Tuesday, Dec. 10, before and during the team's game against the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m.

With a $20 donation to the Sabres Foundation, fans will receive a commemorative 50th Season holiday ornament autographed by a Buffalo Sabres player.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. the Sabres' wives and girlfriends will begin selling the ornaments at KeyBank Center at the top of the escalators on the 100 level pavilion and by the 200 level bridge. The ornaments will be sold gift-wrapped, keeping the player who autographed each one a surprise. The tables will remain open while supplies last, and all proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

 

Aud Night is Thursday

As part of the Golden Season, the Sabres will be celebrating Aud Night on Thursday when the team hosts the Nashville Predators. Faceoff is at 7 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early for pregame festivities. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Before the game, the main Blue Zone Bar will host a happy hour with $5 Labatt drafts from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and live '80s music. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will also receive a special edition jersey koozie, courtesy of Labatt.

The following alumni from the 1980s are scheduled to attend and will greet fans in the 100 level concourse and on the 200 level in the Seneca Sports Lounge before the game:

Dave Andreychuk
Adam Creighton
Mike Foligno
Mike Hartman
Val James
Uwe Krupp
Kevin Maguire
Phil Myre
Wilf Paiement
Brent Peterson
Larry Playfair
Daren Puppa
Dave Schultz
Dave Snuggerud
John Tucker
John Van Boxmeer

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Dust off your neon shirts and high-waisted jeans...We're diving into the 80s on December 12! 🎟: https://t.co/g7StUYnI5Y pic.twitter.com/7DkPAEPe28

The alumni will then be honored on the ice before a special '80s-themed video open. 

Check out a photo gallery of photos from the 1980s here.

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Today in Sabres history

1989: Dave Andreychuk records his 500th NHL point in a 4-3 win vs. Washington. Andreychuk, who ranks second in Sabres history with 804 points, is one of just 10 players to record 500 points with the team.

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