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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 11, 2019

Buffalo is back from the 2019 NHL Global Series and will return to practice on Wednesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres are back home after a week in Sweden. The Lightning swept the Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm with a 3-2 win on Friday and a 5-3 win on Saturday. 

Buffalo will return to practice on Wednesday. The team's next game is at KeyBank Center on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Saturday is Hockey Fights Cancer Night when the Ottawa Senators come to town. All fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Hockey Fights Cancer scarf courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Here's what you need to know. 


A look back at Sweden

Video: Linus Ullmark's Taste of Sweden

Video: Victor Olofsson: Mic'd up during practice in Sweden

From Saturday night's Lexus Postgame Report

When the Buffalo Sabres look back on the 2019 NHL Global Series, they'll view it as an amazing experience to help grow the game of hockey, but also as a missed opportunity to gain some ground in the Atlantic Division standings. 

Sam Reinhart, Victor Olofsson and Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo on Saturday, but the Sabres fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. Carter Hutton made 35 saves. The Lightning also won the first game of the series on Friday, meaning the Sabres are going home without any points on the trip. 

"It was a great experience. It was very unique and a once-in-a-lifetime or whatever you want to call it, but we just lost four points to a divisional opponent so not too much of a success," Eichel said.

Video: POSTGAME: Eichel

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

"It was outstanding in every way except for our results," head coach Ralph Krueger said. "The hospitality was felt by the team the whole time we were here. It was a wonderful experience that we'll look back on with pleasure once these games become lessons that make us stronger in the future."

The Sabres ended up outshooting the Lightning 43-40 in the game, an uptick from their outing on Friday. However, they're not finding the back of the net as often as they'd like. It's led to a 1-6-1 stretch in their last seven games after opening the season 8-1-1 in their first 10. They've also lost four in a row in regulation and Buffalo does not have a power-play goal to show for in that time. 

"You saw at the beginning of the year when we were having a lot of success, our special teams were coming up big for us," Eichel said. "Right now, it seems like the power play might be a little snake bitten.

"The penalty kill, it seems like everything is maybe bouncing against us. I really think we're working hard. Guys are blocking shots. It's not for a lack of effort or grit. Guys are stepping in front of one-timers so it's not that. 

"Maybe it's a little bit on our plate of just executing. Our coach has such a good game plan for us every night with our penalty kill, and same with the power play."

Roster move

The Sabres assigned Lawrence Pilut to the Rochester Americans of the AHL this morning. Pilut was called up as an extra defenseman for the Global Series, but did not dress in either game.

Rochester hosts Syracuse on Wednesday.

Happy Veteran's Day

Thank you to all who have served. 

And don't forget about the Sabres' military ticket programs. 

Original Pizza Logs donates tickets to a local veteran who is recognized on-ice prior to the national anthem at each Sabres home game. The four tickets will be located in Section 114, Row 10. Any active or veteran military personnel is eligible to register to receive these seats.

Also, Zach Bogosian and the Buffalo Sabres are proud to present the Tickets for Troops program, which provides a pair of seats to a member of the military during every home game. The seats are located in the 100 level and each soldier recognized will receive a Sabres jersey at the game. All active or veteran military personnel are eligible to register for Tickets for Troops.

You can find more information here.

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