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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on December 16, 2019

Buffalo plays the Maple Leafs on the road tomorrow night

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres will be back to work today. They're coming off an overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday, but are riding a four-game point streak (3-0-1). 

So far in the month of December, they're 4-1-2. 

Their next game is tomorrow night when they'll play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Catch the game on NBCSN and WGR 550 at 7 p.m.

Here's what you need to know.


A look back at Saturday

Video: BUF Recap: Eichel extends point streak in 3-2 OT loss

From the Postgame Report…

Success on special teams helped the Buffalo Sabres earn a point against a tough opponent Saturday afternoon. 

The Sabres' power play went 2-for-2 and the penalty kill didn't allow a goal on four New York Islanders' opportunities with the man advantage in their 3-2 overtime loss at NYCB Live.

With a flair for the dramatic, Jack Eichel tied the game with 1:56 remaining in regulation, not only on the power play, but also with the Sabres net empty. 

Eichel finished the game with a goal and an assist. Victor Olofsson also scored for Buffalo, while Linus Ullmark made 21 saves. Anthony Beauvillier scored the overtime-winning goal for New York at the 3:04 mark. 

"I thought we competed our hearts out. I thought we played really well," Eichel said. "Penalty kill was great, special teams was good for us, power play stepped up twice and Linus made some great saves. I thought we just competed hard. 

"That's a really, really good hockey team. It's unfortunate - a tough turnover by me in the overtime there and they obviously capitalized. It's frustrating not to get two points. I thought we worked really hard tonight."

Roster move

Yesterday, the team assigned forward Casey Mittelstadt to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Mittelstadt has four goals and five assists in 31 games this season. The 21-year-old center has recorded 39 points (17+22) in 114 NHL games, dating back to the end of the 2017-18 season. He was Buffalo's first-round pick (eighth overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

The team currently has 12 forwards and eight defensemen on the roster.

The Amerks have been on a great run. Entering play on Sunday, they led the North Division and the Eastern Conference with 40 points and an 18-4-4 record. They've won three in a row, six of their last seven, and are 13-1-2 since Nov. 1. 

Rochester's next game is Wednesday night in Binghamton. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


Hasek sits down for Tablet Talk

Dominik Hasek joins Martin Biron to break down a few of his most memorable saves:

Video: Tablet Talk: Dominik Hasek breaks down some big saves

Ray v. Domi to re-air this week

Video: Teaser: Ray v. Domi

If you missed it the first time around, "Beyond Blue and Gold: Ray v. Domi" will air a few more times during select Buffalo Sabres broadcasts on MSG and Sabres home games on the video board at KeyBank Center.

The two-part documentary sees former enforcers Rob Ray and Tie Domi sit down with Sabres alumnus Andrew Peters to watch all 13 of their NHL fights against each other.

On MSG (during first and second intermissions)
Thursday, Dec. 19 at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7 at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.

On video board at KeyBank Center (during first and second intermissions)
Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. Florida Panthers ('90s Night), 7 p.m. - Tickets
Sunday, Feb. 16 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. - Tickets  
Sunday, Feb. 23 vs. Winnipeg Jets, 3 p.m. - Tickets

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