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Sharpen Up: February 14, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Tonight, the Sabres and Senators will meet for the fifth and final time this regular season when they go head to head in Ottawa. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres enter tonight's game with points in seven straight meetings with the Senators (5-0-2) for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 against Ottawa from Dec. 4, 2010 to Dec. 13, 2011. A point tonight would give them points in eight straight for the first time in the all-time series.

So that's good. 

Here's what you need to know.

With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won three straight games against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011. A win tonight would also give the Sabres wins in three consecutive visits to Ottawa - and points in five straight - for the first time since they won five straight from April 10, 2010 to Nov. 5, 2011.

The Sabres have gone 4-for-11 on the power play in their last four games and entered play Monday ranked first in the league with a 23.4% success rate on the power play.

And Buffalo might have some extra help on the blue line. Zach Bogosian was a possibility to travel with the team to Ottawa as he recovers from a rib injury. Brian Duff has more on that in yesterday's Sabres In :90:

Video: Sabres in :90 (2/13/17)

Meanwhile, the Sabres are looking to rebound from Sunday's difficult loss to Vancouver. Jourdon LaBarber caught up with Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges and Jack Eichel for their thoughts on what the team needs to do to start turning things around. 

Video: GIONTA: After Practice

Check out the Ice Level Practice Report for the full rundown. 

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice 

 Video: EICHEL: After Practice

Sabres to watch tonight

Evander Kane has not gone more than a single road game without recording a point since recording an assist on Nov. 29 at Ottawa. During that span, Kane has totaled 17 points (11+6) in 18 road games. He also has 11 points (6+5) in his last 11 games.

Kyle Okposo has points in 10 of his last 14 games, including each of his last six (3+3). With a point tonight, he would have points in seven straight for the first time since he tied his career-best mark of eight games from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

Eichel has totaled nine points (4+5) in six career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the six. He has more goals, assists and points against Ottawa than against any other opponent.

He has logged 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.

Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in his last four games.

Robin Lehner is 3-0-2 in seven career appearances against his former club with a .961 save percentage and a 1.18 goals-against average. Anders Nilsson is 2-1-0 with a .927 save percentage in three career games against the Senators.

Make sure you're following @SabresPR for more great news and notes like these.


'Soul On Ice' screening tomorrow

 Please don't miss a special screening of Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future at the Dipson Amherst Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds will benefit Hasek's Heroes. 

Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future touches on the many contributions black athletes have made to ice hockey. The film primarily follows Jaden Lindo, a young man working to make his goal of reaching the NHL a reality. Icons like Tony McKegney, Wayne Simmonds, Grant Fuhr and Don Cherry also sit down to offer in-depth interviews and personal insights.

After the screening, Mason will lead a panel discussion that will also include Sabres alumni Tony McKegney and Val James, both of whom are featured in the film.

The event coincides with the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) month. The HIFE movement is designed to support non-profit youth hockey organizations committed to allowing children of all backgrounds to play hockey. 

For tickets, go to


Need to spice up your meals?

Try some Enzo Sauce which is now available at Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans stores in the Western New York region.

Video: Introducing Enzo Sauce

The dipping sauce, featuring hot sauce and ranch dressing as its main ingredients was created by Ennis himself.

A portion of the proceeds from all sales will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Matt Cook Foundation, an organization established in 2010 with a mandate to make life a little more normal for young adults as they fight cancer.

Click here for more information and where you can meet Ennis for an autograph session as he promotes his delicious concoction. 


On tap today

Stay tuned for full lineup news from us throughout the day as Jourdon and Duffer are on location. Then tune in to the Tops Game Night pregame show starting at 7 p.m. on MSG. It's a 7:30 faceoff and you can also catch Dan and Rayzor's call on WGR 550.

During the broadcast, we'll also have the Sabres Showdown Finals. It's Ryan O'Reilly against Sam Reinhart in a best-of-three skills competition. One of them absolutely crushes Accuracy Shooting so you won't want to miss it. All of the episodes can be found here. 

On today, we'll have our weekly Amerks update too. Don't forget that next Wednesday, Rochester is set to play Utica at KeyBank Center. Tickets are available here.

And if you haven't shared this year's set of Sabres Valentines yet, you can find them right here

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