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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on January 12, 2020

Buffalo faces Detroit tonight at 5 p.m.

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres will look to shake off yesterday afternoon's 6-3 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks when they take the ice tonight at Little Caesars Arena. 

Faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings is set for 5 p.m. Catch the Buick Game Night pregame show at 4:30 on MSG.

Here's what you need to know.


Tonight's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes…

  • The Sabres are 9-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 6-1-0 record on the road and a 2-0 win in Detroit in the first meeting between the teams this season.


  • The Sabres enter tonight's game with wins in four consecutive visits to Detroit for just the second time in franchise history, joining Buffalo's five-game road winning streak against the Red Wings from Oct. 25, 1979 to Dec. 12, 1981.


  • Buffalo has killed 32 of 36 penalties (88.9%) against Detroit in the last 10 meetings between the clubs, dating back to March 20, 2017.


  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 2-0 in Detroit on Oct. 25, 2019
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 7-2-1 on the road.


  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo's last six games (3+4). His current stretch trails only his run of 18 consecutive games played with a point (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) for his longest streak this season.
  • Eichel has 13 points (4+9) in 11 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including eight points (2+6) in six meetings in Detroit.


  • Sam Reinhart (3+3) and Marcus Johansson (1+5) have each totaled six points in the Sabres' last six contests.


  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight's game with points (0+4) in three straight games. 
  • His .68 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.


  • Linus Ullmark, who has started each of Buffalo's last five games against the Red Wings, is 4-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .938 save percentage.


A look back at yesterday

Video: BUF Recap: Eichel extends point streak to six in loss

From the Postgame Report…

After erasing a pair of one-goal deficits, a series of defensive-zone miscues proved costly for the Buffalo Sabres in a 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at KeyBank Center on Saturday. 

Zemgus Girgensons scored to tie the game, 3-3, at the 3:28 mark of the third period. The Canucks responded with two goals in the next five minutes, from Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen. Louie Eriksson added an empty netter with 2:12 remaining. 

"That's definitely something we can't accept," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "I mean, it was a hell of a hockey game until 14 minutes to go and we turn it into a very painful, unacceptable finish. 

"We know how they play, and we respect their skill and the way they push the game offensively. They like to play an open game and somewhere through all that we end up trying to play more their game than our own and gave up on it. It's very frustrating right now for all of us."

Video: POSTGAME: Ralph Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Carter Hutton

Krueger noted that the Canucks played at one of the fastest paces the Sabres have seen this season. He felt the Sabres stuck to their game in spite of that for the first two periods, which provided for a back-and-forth affair between the two expansion cousins, both celebrating 50th anniversaries. 

Brandon Montour opened the scoring for the Sabres. The Canucks responded with a goal from Brock Boeser later in the first period, then Horvat scored his first goal of the afternoon (he would finish with eight shots and a plus-4 rating) in the second to put them ahead, 2-1.  

Video: POSTGAME: Sam Reinhart

Video: POSTGAME: Brandon Montour

Less than three minutes after Horvat's go-ahead goal, Sam Reinhart tied the game with the Sabres on the power play. J.T. Miller scored again for the Canucks at 1:17 of the third, but the Sabres promptly answered with Girgensons' deflection at the net front. It unraveled from there. Boeser scored his first goal alone in the slot, fed by a pinching Christopher Tanev. Virtanen's goal came on mini odd-man rush less than two minutes later. 

"Those things can't happen," Montour said. "It's the time of year here where we need points no matter how to win them. We need those points. And 2-2 going into the third, we've got to bear down and find ways to win those games."

Read the full recap here. 

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