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

Buffalo's road trip continues tonight with a game in Los Angeles

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres will look to bounce back from last night's 5-2 loss in Anaheim. 

Jack Eichel opened the scoring and Victor Olofsson added to his NHL-record streak of consecutive goals on the power play to start a career. He's now at six on the season and eight total in the NHL. Yep, all on the power play. 

Tonight, they take on Los Angeles.

Here's what you need to know. 


Tonight's matchup

The Sabres and Kings go head-to-head for the first time this season. 

Tune in for the Buick Game Night pregame show at 10 p.m. on MSG. Then Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call after the opening faceoff at 10:30 on MSG and WGR 550.

Los Angeles is 2-4-0 on the season and is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Hurricanes on home ice on Tuesday. Captain Anze Kopitar leads the team with eight points (2+6) in six games. 

From the Game Notes...

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 11, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 3-6-1 on the road.


  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three straight wins against the Kings for the first time since Oct. 23, 2003 to Jan. 14, 2006 and wins in consecutive visits to Los Angeles for the first time since March 12, 1994 and March 13, 1996.


  • Tonight's game wraps up Buffalo's first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 loss last night at Anaheim.
  • The Sabres were 7-8-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-2 in the second game last season. Buffalo's point breakdown in last season's back-to-back sets was: four points (3), three points (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (4).


It's the 20th anniversary of Staples Center opening its doors as well. The first concert there? None other than every sportswriter's favorite musician, Bruce Springsteen. If you're dragging this morning from the late game last night, hopefully this will pick you up:

Watch: Youtube Video

Looking back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Olofsson scores PPG in loss to Ducks

From the Lexus Postgame Report…

Standing outside the locker room following his team's first regulation loss of the season, Ralph Krueger already had his focus turned toward the next game. 

The Sabres jumped out to a 2-0 lead inside Honda Center on Tuesday night, but allowed five unanswered goals in a physical, special teams-filled affair that ended as a 5-2 victory for the Anaheim Ducks. 

Krueger detailed the areas where he felt the game got away from the Sabres and spoke about turning them into learning opportunities for their next contest, less than 24 hours away in Los Angeles. 

"Our reaction is what's important now," he said.

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Eichel 


The Ducks set a physical tone during their second-period push. Carter Rowney received a boarding penalty for a hit from behind on Olofsson just seconds after Getzlaf scored to give the Ducks a lead. Nick Ritchie temporarily sent Vladimir Sobotka to the dressing room with a hit well after the whistle, drawing a double-minor along with some jabs from goalie Linus Ullmark.

"Just dig in and win battles, win your one-on-one battles," alternate captain Jake McCabe said. "Get the pucks behind their defensemen. That's what was working for us earlier, then we started playing a little bit cuter of a game and we didn't manage the puck well. 

"Now, all of a sudden they're forechecking us and we're on our heels. It's just each guy bearing down and winning each individual battle. I mean, each guy in here battles a different way and that's what it comes down to is individual puck battles."


Looking ahead to '70s Night

Jerry Korab is on of about a dozen players who will return for the Sabres' Nov. 2 celebration of the decade. 

During the pregame show, Martin Biron and Rob Ray shared their memories of the man known as Kong:

Video: '70s Night Preview: Talking about Jerry Korab

Tickets for '70s Night are on sale now.


Today in Sabres history

1990: Gilbert Perreault's No. 11 is raised to the rafters at Memorial Auditorium, making Perreault the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

The banner has been spruced up since.

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