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

Buffalo takes on Vancouver as the 3-game road trip continues

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Game Day! Game Night! Game Evening! Call it whatever you want, the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks go at it today from Rogers Arena as the Sabres continue their three-game road trip.

It's a 1 p.m. faceoff in British Columbia, which means coverage on MSG back on the East Coast starts at 3:30 p.m. on MSG. 

Here's what you need to know.


Today's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes…

  • Today's game is the second in a three-game road trip through Western Canada for the Sabres. Buffalo is 13-7-3 against the Pacific Division since the beginning of last season, including a 3-2-2 record in 2019-20.


  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Vancouver on Jan. 18
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 2-8-0 on the road.


  • Jack Eichel enters today's game on an 11-game point streak that began on Nov. 16, tying as the longest streak of his career. His 10 goals and 20 points during the league's longest active streak lead the NHL during that timeframe.


  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters today's game with eight points in his last eight games against the Canucks (2+6), including at least a point in each of his last five (0+6).


  • Jeff Skinner has recorded five points (3+2) in his last five games against Vancouver.


  • Sam Reinhart has scored in each of his last three games against the Canucks, totaling four points (3+1) in those matchups.


  • Victor Olofsson has recorded 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 games, including two-point outings in the team's last two contest


Yesterday's practice

Video: SABRES IN :50

From the Ice Level Practice Report…  

Rasmus Asplund's "welcome to the NHL" moment occurred before he had even officially made his debut. It was at the start of warmups that same night, when teammates sent him out for a customary "hot lap" on the KeyBank Center ice. 

"That's when it comes to you that you're really here," he said.

Since then, Asplund has made it a point to enjoy every moment he's had at hockey's top level while earning more in the process. On Friday, he practiced on the right wing of a line with Jeff Skinner and Marcus Johansson. 

"We think that he's shown a grit to the game that's really interesting and we think he's improving every single day and learning more and more what it takes to play in the National Hockey League," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said.  

"A little bit delayed to what Victor Olofsson went through at the start of the season where he spoke about finding his way to play the 5-on-5 game and I think that's where we're at right now with Rasmus Asplund. We're excited about what he's giving us."

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

By placing him on a line with Skinner and Johansson, Asplund should see more offensive opportunity while still being counted on for his defensive awareness. Asplund has already shown an ability to create on offense, having generated at least one 5-on-5 scoring chance in each of his last five games. 

He also has familiarity skating with Johansson, whom he played with at the outset of training camp.

"He's such a good two-way player," Johansson said. "He makes plays and he's always in the right position defensively. Seeing him now, you can tell that he's kind of comfortable doing it on this level, too, and it's fun to watch."

Read the full report here

#Sabres50 history lesson

Hey kids, gather 'round and learn about the Legend of Taro Tsujimoto:

Video: Sabres Memories: The Legend of Taro Tsujimoto

Commemorative holiday ornaments will be on sale during Tuesday's game

The Buffalo Sabres announced on Friday that the team 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.  


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