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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on February 9, 2020

Buffalo plays Anaheim today on home ice

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks today. It's a 3 p.m. faceoff from KeyBank Center. Pregame coverage on MSG starts at 2:30. Tickets are on sale now. Check out a special Kids Day offer here.

The Sabres are coming off a 3-2 road win over the Rangers on Friday.

Here's what you need to know.

 

Today's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes…
 

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Anaheim on Oct. 16, 2019.
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 5-4-1 at home.

 

  • Today's game is the seventh in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span took place on Friday at NY Rangers.
  • The Sabres are 5-1-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 5-1-0 record at home.

 

  • The Ducks have averaged just 2.44 goals per game in their 39 all-time meetings against the Sabres, marking Buffalo's fewest goals against per game against any opponent.
  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks eight times in the 39 games all-time between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1, Linus Ullmark-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 4.875 meetings, the Sabres' highest shutout-to-games ratio against any current NHL team. The next highest ratio is 11.33 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 34 games).
  • The Sabres' last shutout against the Ducks occurred in the Ducks' last visit to Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2018.

 

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (8+6) in the Sabres' last 14 contests. He has also totaled 10 points (1+9) in his last nine games against Anaheim, including points in each of his last five (1+7).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least a point in each of his last eight games against the Ducks (6+5).
  • Jack Eichel has nine points (3+6) in nine career games against the Ducks and enters today's game on a four-game point streak against Anaheim (2+4).
  • Marcus Johansson has posted six points (4+2) in his last five games against Anaheim.

 

Saturday's practice

Video: SABRES IN :50

From the Ice Level Practice Report…

On the same day he was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for December, Buffalo Sabres forward Victor Olofsson found himself on the sidelines with a lower-body injury. The rookie lost an edge and fell into the end boards during the third period of Buffalo's overtime win against the Oilers on Jan. 3, and the next day, Olofsson was ruled out for approximately five to six weeks. 

It's now been five weeks since the injury and Olofsson was back on the ice with his teammates for practice on Saturday at KeyBank Center. 

"I've been trying to stay really positive and just look at it as an opportunity to get stronger and come back with a fresh start and fresh mind," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger has been optimistic about Olofsson's rehab, but estimates that it still could be approximately another week before the forward is able to lace up again for a game. All parties involved are being cautious with the injury to avoid any setbacks. Getting Olofsson back on the ice with the team was just the next step in the process.

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

"We're pleased with the way the injury's evolved and we also think it's a time where he's been able to do some reflection and some more mental growth," Krueger said. "I always find these injury situations [as] opportunities for players if they use them properly. He's been able to observe the game from the outside. 

"We've been interacting with him quite a bit and I think it's going to take him even to another level of maturity, having a bit of a pause in a season which was truly Rookie of the Year [in the] NHL-caliber. We're confident he'll be able to get back to that level, but even with a higher feeling of confidence, having looked at the game from the outside now."

Click here for the full article.

Before practice, the Sabres assigned forward Rasmus Asplund and defenseman Lawrence Pilut to Rochester so they could suit up in the Amerks' game against Toronto that afternoon. Pilut recorded three shots in the 4-0 loss and was recalled to Buffalo this morning.  


Bald for Bucks

Video: Bald For Bucks 2020 Launch Video

If you donate $50 or more to Bald For Bucks at the game today, you could win the opportunity to meet Jeff Skinner after the game. Donation tables will be located on the 100 level concourse. 


Game-worn Golden Season jersey auction is live

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: The auction for our 50th season golden jerseys is now live!#Sabres50
 

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