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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on March 4, 2020

Buffalo hosts Pittsburgh tomorrow night at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres' ended up going 0-4-0 on their road trip. It concluded with last night's 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. 

The team will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550 with the GMC Game Night pregame show starting at 6:30 on MSG. Tickets are on sale now.

Here's what you need to know.


A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres drop fourth straight decision

From the Postgame Report… 

Ralph Krueger said his team is looking the reality of its road trip right in the eyes. 

The Buffalo Sabres will return home with no points to show for their four-game western swing following a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday, a disappointing outcome for a team that left Buffalo last Tuesday having won five of its last six contests. 

Krueger acknowledged that disappointment, as did each player who spoke to the media following the loss. But they also remained focused on how they need to move forward through the final month of the season, beginning with another difficult matchup at home against Pittsburgh in two days.

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Ristolainen 

"We're not happy with that," Krueger said. "We're going home grumpy and upset but we also played some really good periods. We are a group in growth. We are a group with some amazing fightback. These guys just don't quit, which I'm pleased about.

"How we keep it positive is with a lot of communication and right back to work tomorrow. Let's think about the things we can do, we can improve, and we need to react at home in front of our home crowd against Pittsburgh on Thursday."

Each game on the road trip had moments where it was up for grabs. The Sabres were tied entering the third periods of the first two games in Colorado and Las Vegas. They saw a 2-0 lead slip in Arizona. 

Though they never actually led in Winnipeg, the chances were there. The Sabres earned two power plays in the first period but were unsuccessful on both.

Video: POSTGAME: McCabe

Video: POSTGAME: Reinhart 

Kyle Connor opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 rush with 6:50 remaining in the first period, then fed Tucker Poolman for a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 than three minutes later. Connor buried a rebound on the Jets' first power play of the night to make it 3-0 early in the second.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored Buffalo's lone goal of the game with 9:36 left before the second intermission. 

"We dug a hole, but I have to say the guys really fought," Krueger said. "They worked hard. Winnipeg had a lot of trouble with certain phases of the game after that. We just couldn't bury another chance. We could have used an early one in the third to really make a game of it. 

"So, another game with a great effort and a lot of work but no points so it's painful at the moment but can't really be upset with the effort. We've got to be upset with the way we managed the game and the storyline. We got to work to change that."

Read the full recap here. 

Bald for Bucks officially ends tomorrow

Video: Bald For Bucks 2020 Launch Video

Martin Biron and Dan Dunleavy will be shaving their heads during the first intermission on the broadcast. You can donate to their page here.

Also, if you're attending the game, you can donate at the Bald For Bucks table in the 100 level concourse for a chance to win a postgame meet and greet with Linus Ullmark.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: You could meet Linus Ullmark after our game on Thursday!Visit the #BaldForBucks table at the game or click here for more info:

Amerks play at home tonight

The Rochester Americans (31-18-4-5) open the month of March tonight against the Utica Comets (31-21-3-2) at The Blue Cross Arena. It will be the second game in seven days and third between the two clubs since Feb. 16. Game time is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

The Amerks come into the week eight points back of the Belleville Senators for the top spot in the AHL's North Division standings with a game in hand on the Senators. Rochester also has a four-point lead on third-place Utica, but the Comets do have a game in hand on Rochester coming into tonight's North Division showdown.

On the strength of a 16-5-3-5 home record, Rochester is tied with Milwaukee for the second-fewest regulation losses in the AHL and have the fifth-most points on home ice (40). Only the Hartford Wolf Pack have fewer regulation losses at home this season.

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