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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on Halloween

Buffalo will have another day of practice before Friday's game at Washington

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Happy Halloween!

The Sabres are back at practice today and then they'll travel for Friday night's game against the Washington Capitals. We'll have full coverage here on Sabres.com. 

Here's what you need to know. 

 

#HockeyHalloween

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If you, your friends or your kids have any Sabres-themed costumes this year, be sure to share them with us on our social media channels!

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Wednesday's practice

From yesterday's Ice Level Practice Report…

Brandon Montour is a possibility to play this weekend after taking part in his second full practice with the Sabres this afternoon as KeyBank Center. 

Montour first skated with the team Sunday, his first practice since sustaining a hand injury during Buffalo's second game of the preseason. Following a game day Monday and a day off on Tuesday, he practiced today on a defense pair with Rasmus Dahlin. 

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Ralph Krueger Press Conference

With the Sabres scheduled for back-to-back games this weekend - in Washington on Friday, followed by a home game against the New York Islanders on Saturday - coach Ralph Krueger said it is unlikely that the defenseman sees action in both contests. A final determination will be made later in the week.

"We still haven't made a call," Krueger said. "Today was really the first practice where he started to feel comfortable with all the traffic out there. I mean, he's been doing a lot of solo figure skating, which is skating, skating, skating with nobody else on the ice. 

"You add all those other bodies, suddenly it becomes a different world. We thought he's evolved quickly. We'll look at the skate tomorrow and then we'll assess, but he's definitely doubtful for two games this weekend."

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"ANDAS OCH NJUT!"

Read more about about how Linus Ullmark has honed in on mental preparation this year and how that's benefited the Sabres goaltending tandem.

Linus Ullmark had just put the finishing touches on a 41-save shootout victory over the Florida Panthers earlier this month when he was asked how he stayed poised through a heavy workload. 

His answer was quick and concise. 

"I breathe," he said, "and I enjoy the moment."

The message has been sewn onto Ullmark's blockers this season, written in Swedish in capital letters. An exclamation point adds emphasis: ANDAS OCH NJUT! 

Translation: breathe and enjoy. 

"Whenever I start to feel like my mind is racing or I'm going to different places I'm not supposed to be, I just look down at my blocker and I see it," Ullmark explained. "OK, this is what's important."

In those moments, Ullmark leans on the breathing techniques he's learned over the past year to bring him back to the present. Both he and fellow goaltender Carter Hutton incorporate breathing as a mental tool in one of sport's most demanding positions. 

Ullmark's commitment to breathing elevated last season. It was his first full year in the NHL, bringing with it the internal and external pressure of stopping pucks in the best league in the world. His son, Harry, was born in March 2018, meaning it was also his first full season as a father. 

He credits Sabres head of human science Katy Tran Turner, as well as Hutton, with helping him hone the mental side of his game.

"All these things kind of build up, and it made it a lot more important to take a step back and breathe and kind of cool off whenever there's something going on in your life," Ullmark said. "It could be on the side; it could be in the actual game as well. But it just helps you to refocus."

Check out the full feature here.

 

Saturday is '70s Night

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: We're bringing back some of the best Sabres moments from the 70s! Don't miss it this Saturday: https://t.co/LeWFtv1xl5 pic.twitter.com/U2bXp66hyt

Over 20 alumni from the team's first decade of existence are set to attend Saturday's home game against the New Islanders for '70s Night presented by Fallsview Casion Resort. The list currently includes:

Gerry Meehan 
John Gould
Jim Lorentz
Rene Robert
Don Luce
Larry Carriere
Rick Dudley
Jim Schoenfeld
Jerry Korab
Bill Hajt
Paul McIntosh
Morris Titanic
Gerry Desjardins
Fred Stanfield
Danny Gare
Terry Martin
Derek Smith
Don Edwards
Ric Seiling
Tony McKegney
Mike Robitaille

Prior to the game, alumni will greet fans in the 100 Level and will then be welcomed onto the ice before the opening faceoff. Equipment manager Rip Simonick, who is in his 50th year on the team's staff, will also be recognized.

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a 1970s-themed Sabres pennant as well.

Want to remember some of the great moments and players of the decade? Check out this exclusive photo gallery.

Click here for more info.
 

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