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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 9, 2019

Buffalo hosts Montreal tonight at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres are back in action tonight. It's Game No. 4 (and the fourth of nine games over 17 days to start the season). Montreal is in town for the 7 p.m. faceoff.

If you're coming to the game, make sure you pick up a magnet schedule on the way in. If you're going to enjoy the game from home, catch Brian Duff and Martin Biron on the GMC Game Night pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray will call the action starting at 7 on MSG and WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know.

 

Tonight's matchup

From @SabresPR's Game Notes…

  • The Sabres are 2-0-1 through three games. It's the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in three straight games since the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games of the 2009-10 season.
  • Buffalo is looking to start the season with wins in both of the team's first two home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when they won the first three.

 

  • Through three games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 14 different players this season. Rasmus Dahlin (1+4), Victor Olofsson (3+1) and Sam Reinhart (2+2) have all tallied at least a point in each of the team's first three contests.

 

  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight's game on a career-best three-game point streak after tallying four points (3+1) through Buffalo's first three games. He skated a career-high 20:54 on Monday at Columbus and scored a goal with 1:14 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
  • All three of Olofsson's goals this season have come on the power play, giving him sole possession of the league lead in power-play goals entering play Tuesday. He also led all rookies in goals (3), points (4) and shots (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (19:04).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson's five in nine games played.

 

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Tuesday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 70.59%, out-chancing their opponents 24-10 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team's first three games. 
  • By this metric, Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner tie to lead all Sabres with three high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.

 

Tuesday's practice

Video: SABRES IN :50

From the Ice Level Practice Report…

Evan Rodrigues admits he was surprised to learn he would be a healthy scratch for the Sabres on opening night. It was his response that left an impression on coach Ralph Krueger. 

"He's the one that said to me, 'Somebody's going to be in this spot all season long,'" Krueger said after practice on Tuesday. "He took it really well."

Rodrigues will step into the lineup for his season debut when the Sabres host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. He will replace Conor Sheary, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

"He's stayed active, he's been working hard, and his opportunity now comes tomorrow," Krueger said. "He's excited to get back in the lineup. He's been nothing but supportive to his teammates and to the process."

His ascension to the NHL took hard work and patience. He kept that same approach while being scratched for the first three games this season.

"That's all you can do," he said. "Go about my business and try to get back in the lineup."

Read more here.


Get to know Colin Miller

Sabres.com chatted with the new Sabres defenseman. Here's a portion of the Q&A:

When you were traded here, you looked at the roster and said you saw speed and skill. Now that you've had a month with the team, what else do you see?

Obviously, our power play has been off to a really good start, so that's something that can help you either stay in or win a lot of games throughout the regular season. It's such an important part, special teams. But yeah, I think if we play every night with that speed and skill and keep it simple, we're always going to have a very fair shot. It's been an encouraging start.

 

Your unit on the power play [with Marcus Johansson, Casey Mittelstadt, Conor Sheary, and Rasmus Ristolainen] includes a bunch of guys getting to know each other. How has that progression gone?

It's been good. Johansson there, he's so smart with the puck on the half wall. A lot of it runs through him, and then we've got a couple of good shots over on our side with Risto and myself. I think with the time that we get out there - obviously that other unit has done a great job - we just want to go out there and do what we can.


I've read that Roger Federer is your favorite athlete outside of hockey. Why?

I think you just look at the way he plays. He's so smart and so calm out there and obviously a very true professional. He's kind of an interesting guy to watch. Whenever I watch him, you kind of see how in control he is of his game. The results come through. 

 

It's funny you say calm. That's how [Sabres coach Ralph Krueger] has described you. Is that a good description?

I hope so. You try to play like that. There are always moments throughout the game where you get a little sporadic, but if we can stick within our game we'll be good.

Read the entire interview here.

 

Today in Sabres history

1995: Michael Peca scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-3 loss at Boston.

Peca sat down with Martin Biron in the first episode of Tablet Talk this season:

Video: Tablet Talk: Michael Peca

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