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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 29, 2019

Buffalo opens up a home-and-home series against Toronto tonight at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend.

It starts today with a 4 p.m. faceoff at KeyBank Center. Pregame coverage on MSG begins at 3:30 with GMC Game Night.

Let's go.

Here's what you need to know. 


Tonight's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes...

  • The Sabres and the Leafs will face off today before heading to Toronto for the second half of a home-and-home series tomorrow night. It's the first home-and-home series between the teams since Nov. 15 and 16, 2013.
  • Buffalo has not lost the home portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since the first such series (a 4-2 loss on Dec. 20, 1970).
  • The Sabres are 10-1-2 (two ties) all-time in the home portion of their 13 previous home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs and 2-10-1 in the road games.


  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on March 20.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 30 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 5-4-1 at home.


  • The Sabres are 19-5-2 in their last 26 home games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto has not won four straight games in Buffalo since the Maple Leafs won each of their first six visits to Buffalo.


  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (6+7) in 13 games against the Maple Leafs dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded five assists in his last four home games against Toronto.
  • Henri Jokiharju recorded a career-high three assists in his only previous meeting with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 7, 2018.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled six points (2+4) in seven games against Toronto in the last two seasons.

How to watch 'Ray v. Domi'

"Beyond Blue and Gold: Ray v. Domi," which looks back at all 13 NHL fights between Rob Ray and Tie Domi premieres this weekend.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Ray vs. Domi. This Saturday...Tune in during our game on @MSGNetworks:

If you're attending this evening's game, the documentary will air during each intermission at KeyBank Center.

And on Saturday during the first and second intermissions, you can watch it on MSG when the Sabres take on Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. Set your DVRs!

Click here for more info.

Thursday's practice

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

From the Ice Level Practice Report...

Ralph Krueger got his first taste of the rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs during a pair of preseason meetings back in September. His true introduction will come this weekend. 

The Sabres open a home-and-home set against the Maple Leafs inside KeyBank Center at 4 p.m. on Friday. They'll cross the border for a rematch at 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

"We're really excited about it," Krueger said. "It's been highlighted on the calendar for a while, this back-to-back. You can feel the energy in the group. We're going to make the picture small here and do our best to play some strong hockey. 

"Of course, the rivalry will bring emotion into the building. We know it'll be a mix of people from Canada and Buffalo supporting both sides, which will create a bit of an atmosphere like I'm used to often in Europe, when there's lots of road fans. It'll certainly give a spark to the game."

The Sabres will look to use these games to build on the positives they displayed in their last four games. They only earned one victory in that stretch - against Florida on Sunday - but held leads in all four. The next step is turning those long positive stretches into consistent habits.  

"I think when we look at it after the game it's easier to digest that we're doing a lot of good things," forward Conor Sheary said. "It's kind of a mental switch that we turn off for only five minutes a game and it seems like we let other teams back in. I think that's been the case the past couple games. 

"We can take a lot of the good from that and hopefully learn from it. Just keep doing more of the same and stay locked in for a full 60."

Read the full report here.


Thanksgiving weekend deals

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Monday is Founders' Night


December 2, 1969: The day the NHL awarded the Knox brothers and the City of Buffalo an expansion franchise. 

To honor that historic moment, the Buffalo Sabres will host Founders' Night on Monday when the Sabres take on the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center. Tickets are on sale now.

Members of Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup R. Knox's families will be welcomed onto the ice as part of a pregame ceremony and special video presentation. Those who served on the original board of directors and their families will also be recognized throughout the night. 

Be in you seats early for that, but make sure you arrive at KeyBank Center before the ceremony for birthday-themed festivities to mark the occasion. 

There will be a pregame happy hour in the main Labatt Blue Zone bar with $5 beer specials, food sampling from various corporate partners, and live music. 

Click here for more details.

Today in Sabres history

1993: Dominik Hasek picks up his first shutout as a member of the Sabres, stopping all 24 Toronto shots in a 3-0 win at Maple Leaf Gardens. Hasek would go on to set the franchise record with 55 shutouts during his tenure in Buffalo.

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