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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 13, 2019

The Sabres return to practice today ahead of Thursday's home game against Carolina

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres return to practice this morning.

Tomorrow night, they'll play their first game since Saturday when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town. Then on Saturday, it's Hockey Fights Cancer Night against the Ottawa Senators. After that game, they'll head to Chicago to play the Blackhawks on Sunday.

Here's what you need to know.


Amerks play tonight

The Rochester Americans have a home game tonight against the Syracuse Crunch. 

The Amerks come into the week riding a three-game point streak (2-0-0-1), having won three of its last six games, with all three wins coming against North Division opponents. 

With Friday's shootout loss versus Binghamton, the Amerks have earned 17 out of a possible 26 points through their first 13 games of the season, putting them just two points away from the top spot in North Division. 

Video: Americans Made: Tage Thompson

One of the biggest factors attributed to Rochester's early season success is the fact that the Amerks have outshot their opponents in every game so far this season, including a season-high 50 shots in Springfield on Oct. 27. The Amerks come into the week third in the AHL in total shots (464) and are averaging 35.08 shots per game, the most behind only the Iowa Wild. 

Rochester owns one of the top two shooters in the league in Tage Thompson (56) and currently remains the only team this season to have outshot the opposition in every game to start the 2019-20 campaign.

Read more in yesterday's Amerks Update. 

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Introducing 53's Difference Makers to Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner yesterday announced the return of his 53's Difference Makers program, which was originally launched in 2016.

The 53's Difference Makers program will recognize teachers from Western New York for the important contributions they make to their students and the community. 

"Education is something that my family and I have always considered of the utmost importance," said Skinner. "I want to take the opportunity to show appreciation for the many Difference Makers in our community, who often do not receive the credit that they deserve. This program allows me to recognize the teachers who go above and beyond to have a positive impact on their students' lives."

Each teacher selected will be Skinner's special guest at a Sabres home game this season and will be provided with:

• Four tickets to a Sabres home game
• A $1,000 donation to the educator's school
• A postgame meet-and-greet with Skinner
• An autographed Jeff Skinner jersey

The teachers to be honored will be selected from a pool of nominations curated from local principals and educators. For more information, please click here.

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