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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 19, 2019

Buffalo wraps up its road trip tonight with a game in San Jose

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres take on the Sharks tonight at SAP Center. Buffalo is 1-1-0 on the road trip so far and will look to close it out with another win.

After the game, the Sabres will head home and they'll play the Sharks again at KeyBank Center again on Tuesday. Tickets for that game are on sale now. 


Tonight's matchup

From the Game Notes, a @SabresPR production…

  • Tonight's game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that concludes Tuesday night in Buffalo. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres' first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It's just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.


  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 27, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-4-0 on the road.


  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in seven of their eight games so far this season, going 6-1-0 in those games. 


  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through eight games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 11 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+8), Victor Olofsson (6+2), and Conor Sheary (3+1) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.


  • Yesterday, the team assigned forward Curtis Lazar to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. (Keep scrolling to find out how the Amerks fared in their home game last night.)

Hutton's been a barricade

Video: BUF@LAK: Hutton stops 47, extends shutout streak

More from the Game Notes…

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Monday vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Thursday at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season
  • Hutton enters tonight's game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

We'll see who head coach Ralph Krueger decides to start tonight when he meets with the media later on. Stick with for full coverage.

Amerks earn point last night

Watch: Youtube Video

From the recap…

Jean-Sebastian Dea and Scott Wilson led the Rochester Americans (3-1-0-1) to a shootout as they each scored a goal with an assist, but a three-goal second-period for the Amerks wasn't enough as the home team came away with a point in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Monsters (3-2-0-0) Friday at The Blue Cross Arena.

While Dea and Wilson each recorded their first multi-point outing of the campaign, Dalton Smith was credited with his first goal of the season in the second period for Rochester, which has earned seven out of a possible 10 points to start the season. 

Amerks netminder Andrew Hammond (3-0-1) made 16 saves in his fourth appearance of the campaign.

Cleveland forwards Nathan Gerbe (0+3) and Stefan Matteau (2+0) both contributed a multi-point game while Kevin Stenlund completed the scoring as he netted his first marker of the slate. Goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced in addition to denying all three Amerks shooters in the shootout.

Unlike Sunday's skills competition in Hartford, Tage Thompson was denied by Kivlenieks as was Dea and C.J. Smith while Gerbe found the back of Hammond's net, giving Cleveland the extra point.

The Amerks close out the weekend with a 7 p.m. face-off against the Utica Comets on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Adirondack Bank Center. All of the action can be heard live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

Today in Sabres history

1984: Mike Foligno completes his third career hat trick with the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the third period to dispatch the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

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