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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on February 6, 2020

Buffalo hosts Detroit tonight on NBCSN

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

It's a game night in Buffalo. The Sabres take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at KeyBank Center.

Catch the game on NBCSN and WGR 550 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Here's what you need to know. 


Tonight's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes…  

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 5-1 in Detroit on Jan. 12.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-4-2 at home.


  • The Sabres are 10-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-2 record at home.
  • Buffalo has killed 35 of 39 penalties (89.7%) against Detroit in the 11 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Since the beginning of January, the Sabres have gone 8-for-30 on the power play. Their conversion rate of 26.7 percent during that stretch tied as the eighth-best rate in the league in 2020 entering play Wednesday.


  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (7+7) in the Sabres' last 14 contests, including at least a point (7+6) in 10 of the last 12.
  • Reinhart enters tonight's game with four points (2+2) in his last four meetings with the Red Wings.


  • Jack Eichel has 14 points (4+10) in 12 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including five points (2+3) in five meetings in Buffalo. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last seven matchups between the teams (2+7).


  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 17 points (2+15) in 17 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.


  • Tonight's game is the fifth in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres will play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span will take place tomorrow night at NY Rangers.
  • The team is averaging 3.15 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo's best home scoring rate since the 2007-08 season (3.39)


Wednesday's practice

Video: SABRES IN :50 (2/5/20)

From the Ice Level Practice Report… 

Johan Larsson was back on the ice with the Sabres after missing Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury. Krueger expressed optimism that the centerman will be ready to play against Detroit Thursday. 

"He's looking really good," Krueger said. "I have to say, he felt good today in the skate. Larsson feels like a go right now. We'll confirm that tomorrow morning, but we were pleased with the skate today and that'd be real good news for us to at least get one of the centermen back."

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

Rasmus Dahlin (upper body) was on the ice ahead of practice but left before the session began. Curtis Lazar remained absent with an illness. Both are considered day-to-day. 

"We'll keep monitoring it," Krueger said regarding Dahlin's injury. "He's questionable for tomorrow against Detroit, but it's definitely not a long-term injury."

The Sabres also issued updates on Kyle Okposo (upper body), Victor Olofsson (lower body), and Linus Ullmark (lower body), all of whom are now considered week-to-week.

Read more here. 

Roster move

The Buffalo Sabres announced last night that forward Scott Wilson has been recalled from the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Wilson joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season. He's appeared in two NHL games so far this year.

On Friday against Syracuse, he recorded three points (2+1) for the Amerks, including the game-winning goal. In 27 games with Rochester this season, he has 18 points (9+9). 

In a corresponding move, the team has assigned forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester. 

Last night, the Amerks extended their win streak to six games with a 4-2 victory in Cleveland.  


Today in Sabres history

Video: Sabres Hall of Famer Profile: Dave Andreychuk

1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.


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