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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on December 2, 2019

It's Founders' Night as Buffalo takes on New Jersey at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It's Founders' Night!

Celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the NHL awarding the City of Buffalo a franchise with us tonight when the Buffalo Sabres host the New Jersey Devils. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Coverage on MSG will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the GMC Game Night pregame coverage. There will then be a pregame ceremony with the Knox Family, the Sabres' original owners, at center ice, followed by game coverage at 7 on MSG and WGR 550. 

Here's what you need to know. 

 

More on Founders' Night

Be in you seats early for the pregame ceremony, but make sure you arrive at KeyBank Center before the ceremony for birthday-themed festivities to mark the occasion. 

There will be a pregame happy hour in the main Labatt Blue Zone bar with $5 beer specials, food sampling from various corporate partners, and live music. 

The main pavilion will be decorated for the celebration. Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with a Sabres-themed 50th birthday cake and sign a giant Sabres birthday card in the 100-level concourse.

We'll also be debuting a new episode of "Beyond Blue and Gold" that focuses on the Founding of the Franchise, so stay tuned for that.

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Tonight's matchup

 

From @SabresPR's Game Notes…

  • After winning the first meeting between the teams this season by a score of 7-2 on Oct. 5 in Buffalo, the Sabres are looking to clinch the season series against the Devils for the first time since 2013-14.
  • A win would also give the Sabres wins in three straight home games against the Devils for the first time since they topped New Jersey in all four of their visits to Buffalo in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

 

  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in 10 of his last 12 games (4+6).

 

  • All 10 of Skinner's goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he entered play Sunday tied for seventh-most in the league.

 

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 7-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 5
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 2 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.

 

  • Jack Eichel enters today's game on a nine-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. 
  • Entering play Sunday, his eight goals and 16 points during the streak both tied for the NHL lead during that timeframe.
  • Eichel has recorded at least one assist in each of the last seven games. The longest assist streak of his career is nine games, set from Feb. 14 to March 4, 2017.

 

A look back at Saturday's game

Video: BUF Recap: Ristolainen scores in 2-1 OT loss

From the Lexus Postgame Report…

Speaking Saturday morning outside the visiting dressing room in Scotiabank Arena, Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said a consistent defensive effort would be the key for his team in the second game of a home-and-home set with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

The Sabres, playing their fifth contest in seven days, responded with a complete defensive outing and grinded their way to a road point in a 2-1 overtime loss.

"I'm really proud of the guys," Krueger said. "This performance on the workload we've had, they sure showed up and played well. ... Really proud of the effort of the guys just digging in really deep and extremely disappointed with the final result."

Rasmus Ristolainen scored Buffalo's lone goal at 6:58 of the third period to tie the score at 1-1. John Tavares tallied the winner for Toronto 1:45 into overtime. 

Video: POSTGAME: Rasmus Ristolainen

Video: POSTGAME: Ralph Krueger 

Video: POSTGAME: Marcus Johnansson  

Video: POSTGAME: Marco Scandella  

"I think we played a pretty good three periods and maybe we should have earned the win but that didn't happen," Ristolainen said. "It's a little frustrating but we got a huge point on the road."

Though the Maple Leafs outshot the Sabres, 43-30, Krueger felt his team did a good job limiting the quality of their opponents' chances. High-danger shot attempts at even strength were 14-3 in the Sabres' favor, according to NaturalStatTrick.com. 

Carter Hutton was strong making initial saves throughout a 41-save outing. The players in front of him did a good job boxing out and eliminating second chances. 

"That's what we're trying to do is take away time and space and make it a hard game," said defenseman Marco Scandella, who cleared a puck off the Buffalo goal line in the dying seconds of regulation. "I feel like it was hard game both ways."

Click here to read the full recap.


 

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