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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 17, 2019

Buffalo plays in Chicago tonight against the Blackhawks

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo is right back at it. Following the team's 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators last night, the Sabres will play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. 

It's a 7 p.m. ET faceoff with the Buick Game Night pregame show getting underway at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. Dan Dunleavy and Martin Biron will have the call on MSG and WGR 550. 

Let's recap last night's action and preview tonight's game. 

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 Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo 5-4 (SO) in Chicago on March 7
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-5-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 1-6-3 on the road.


  • Sam Reinhart has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games, including four multi-point outings.
  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight's game on a four-game point streak (1+3), tying his career-best streak set in the first four games of this season.
  • Jack Eichel has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 11th-most in the league as of the conclusion of last night's game. His three multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the NHL this season.


  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (2+6) in his last eight meetings with Chicago.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point in six of eight career matchups with the Blackhawks (2+4).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last nine games against the Blackhawks.


Looking back at last night's game

Video: Eichel scores four goals as Sabres top Senators

From the Lexus Postgame Report… 

Four goals for Buffalo. Four goals for Jack Eichel. That was the recipe for success Saturday night.

The Sabres captain carried his team to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at KeyBank Center in the first four-goal game of his career. 

After the game, Eichel couldn't remember the last time he'd lit the lamp four times on a single night. Not in his freshman season at Boston University and not at the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, either.

"I don't know, probably like youth hockey. I don't honestly know," he said. "I never had four at BU or the program, so probably back in my Jr. Bruins days. It's been awhile."

The last time a Sabres player scored four goals was back on April 10, 2010 when Thomas Vanek did it against the Senators. Eichel became the seventh player in Sabres history to score at least four goals in a game. Rick Martin (four times), Dave Andreychuk (three times), Alexander Mogilny (twice), Lindy Ruff, Miroslav Satan, and Vanek are the other Sabres to accomplish the feat.

Video: POSTGAME: Jack Eichel

Video: POSTGAME: Ralph Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Jeff Skinner 

The big night came at a good time for the Sabres, who were able to snap an 0-4-2 stretch with the victory. 

"There's no question his hunger to make plays is larger often than his hunger is to shoot. It was really good to see him shooting today," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "We've been speaking about it a lot lately in he really wants to get a balance. He wants to have that threat, it'll open up the guys for passes again. 

"I'm sure this game will begin a good process in his mind to understand how lethal he can while still making plays as he also did tonight."

Video: POSTGAME: Rasmus Asplund

Rasmus Asplund made his NHL debut against the Senators.

Asplund skated 12:13 and saw about a minute of that time on the penalty kill. He recorded two shots and two hits, one of those checks coming on his very first shift. 

"I just tried to get in the game right away so I was just trying to keep it simple," he said. "…I felt good. I played simple in the beginning and worked my way into the game, started to feel better and better and better. I'm happy with game."

Forward Kyle Okposo left the game with 10:35 remaining in the second period and did not return due to injury. Krueger said he'll be re-evaluated in the morning.

The Sabres are also without forwards Marcus Johansson, Vladimir Sobotka and Johan Larsson. While Johansson and Sobotka won't be ready to play on Sunday, Larsson is considered day-to-day. However, Sunday morning, the team recalledforward Tage Thompson from the Rochester Americans.

Video: Americans Made: Tage Thompson

We'll hear from Krueger later today with lineup updates. 


Hockey Fights Cancer rewind

Video: Hockey Fights Cancer 2019 In-Arena Video Open

So much happened off the ice last night and in the weeks leading up to Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Ed Worden, 92, and Andre "The Warrior" Sanders, 4, were part of the Sabres' 2019 Hockey Fights Cancer Night pregame ceremony:

Video: Sabres' 2019 Hockey Fights Cancer Pregame Ceremony

Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton had special masks designed for the night. They visited Roswell Park on Friday. 

Video: Hutton and Ullmark's Hockey Fights Cancer masks

Video: Goalies visit Roswell Park

Video: Linus Ullmark on the postgame show

Here are some of the other highlights from the night:
Video: RJ greets fans on Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Video: Buffalo Sabres Foundation donation to Roswell Park

Video: Dr. Candace Johnson on Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Tonight's #HockeyFightsCancer warmup jerseys are now available for bidding! Place yours:

Video: Ralph Krueger's "I Fight For" placard

Video: Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer Placards (1 of 2)

Video: Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer Placards (2 of 2)

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Dom fights for all Sabres fans. 💜Who do you fight for? #HockeyFightsCancer

Video: Hockey Fights Cancer Night 2019 pregame message

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