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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on January 14, 2020

Buffalo hosts the Golden Knights tonight at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres host the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 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 first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Las Vegas on Oct. 16, 2018
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 28 in Las Vegas
  • This is the fifth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-1-2 series record.

 

  • Buffalo is 6-3-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 3-1-2 record against the division at KeyBank Center.
  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-11 (36.4%) on the power play in their last four games, tying for the second-best mark in the league during that stretch entering play Monday.

 

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo's last seven games (3+5). 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.
  • With a point tonight, Eichel would become the fifth NHL player to record two separate point streaks of at least eight games this season, joining John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and David Pastrnak. (Mitchell Marner can also join this group tonight.)

 

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (3+2) in the Sabres' last five contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight's game with points (0+5) in four straight games, tying as his longest streak of the season.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has scored in each of the Sabres' last two games, including his seventh career shorthanded goal on Sunday at Detroit.
  • A point tonight would give Girgensons his longest point streak since he tied a personal best with points in three straight games from Dec. 23 to 29, 2017. A goal would mark the longest goal-scoring streak of his career.

 

  • With 36 points (19+17) in 22 home games this season, Eichel's 1.64 points per game at home tied for second-best in the league entering play Monday. His plus-18 rating at home led the league.
  • Reinhart (10+11) is also producing near a point-per-game rate through 22 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last eight games at KeyBank Center.
  • Marcus Johansson enters tonight's game with five points (1+4) in his last four home games.
  • Jimmy Vesey has recorded eight points (4+4) and a plus-6 rating in his last 11 home games.
  • Conor Sheary has posted six points (4+2) in his last six home games.
  • Linus Ullmark has won seven of his last nine games at KeyBank Center, posting a .918 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against average in those games.


Scouting Combine staying in Buffalo

The National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres today announced the NHL Scouting Combine will remain in Buffalo through 2022, with each of the next three events being held at KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter. The NHL Scouting Combine, which showcases the top draft-eligible prospects from North America and Europe ahead of the NHL Draft, has been held in Buffalo since 2015.

The event, held annually in late May and early June, consists of player interviews, medical assessments and a series of physical fitness tests. All NHL member Clubs have the opportunity to conduct individual interviews with players in preparation for the NHL Draft. This year's event will run from June 1-6. 
 
Since 2015, more than 500 draft-eligible players have come to Buffalo for the Scouting Combine, including the Sabres' No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin (2018) and No. 2 overall pick Jack Eichel (2015), and last year's No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils).

Click here for more info.

 

New episdoe of Tablet Talk

Martin Biron sits down with Linus Ullmark:

Video: Tablet Talk: Linus Ullmark


Today in Sabres history

2003: Ryan Miller stops all 22 Minnesota shots to earn a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout.
 

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