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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on December 20, 2019

Buffalo hosts Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 last night at Wells Fargo Center. Buffalo fond themselves in a 6-0 hole before Victor Olofsson scored his 15th goal of the season.

Jack Eichel missed the game with an upper-body injury, ending his career-best 17-game point streak. 

The Sabres host the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow afternoon at KeyBank Center. Tickets are on sale now.

Stay tuned to Sabres.com today for updates from practice.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

About last night

Video: BUF Recap: Olofsson scores in loss; Eichel sits out

From the Postgame Report...

With Jack Eichel sidelined shortly before puck drop, the Buffalo Sabres never found their footing in a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. 

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Eichel's ailment evolved during warmups. It was announced he would miss the contest with an upper-body injury roughly 10 minutes prior to puck drop. 

In addition to Eichel, the Sabres also lost forwards Johan Larsson and Evan Rodrigues to injuries. Larsson left with an upper-body injury after completing his final shift with 16:48 remaining in the second period; Rodrigues was helped off the ice after taking a slap shot to his left leg with 16:52 left in the third.

Krueger said all three players were still being assessed after the game.

Video: POSTGAME: KRUEGER

 Video: POSTGAME: Dahlin

The Sabres fell behind 6-0 during the first two periods in Eichel's absence. Victor Olofsson tipped a Rasmus Dahlin shot on the power play to put them on the board with 8:25 remaining in the third. 

James van Riemsdyk scored twice for the Flyers, who also received goals from, Mikhail Vorobyev, Matt Niskanen, Ivan Provorov, and Tyler Pitlick.   

Video: POSTGAME: Okposo

Video: POSTGAME: McCabe

Video: POSTGAME: Sheary

"We're disappointed with those 40 minutes," Krueger said. "I'm not going to paint anything pretty or make excuses here. We slid off the rails after the first goal against and didn't get back on it, really. There was no need for them to push hard in the third, so it's difficult to evaluate that period. 

"We will look hard at it. For sure, we're not happy with what's happened here today. But, it's one game, it's two points, and it's the bounce back that really is now going to be the measure of our character."

 

Lazar recalled

Video: CAR@BUF: Lazar notches his first goal of the season

The team recalled forward Curtis Lazar from the Rochester Americans (AHL) this morning.

He has one goal with the Sabres this season in six games played. In 18 games with Rochester, he's recorded six goals and eight assists for 14 points. He currently leads all Amerks with 0.78 points per game. 

Lazar joins the Sabres for his third recall of 2019-20.


Recapping Eichel's streak

Video: Relive Jack Eichel's incredible 17-game point streak

As far as the NHL record books are concerned, Eichel's absence brought his point streak to an end at 17 games - one shy of matching Gilbert Perreault's Sabres record. The NHL records individual streaks in terms of consecutive team games played. 

In those 17 games, Eichel compiled 31 points - the same amount Perreault had during his 18-game run in 1971. That total led the league within that timeframe, as did Eichel's 16 goals and plus-17 rating. It ends as the longest streak in the NHL this season.

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