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Sharpen Up: February 2, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo regrouped at practice yesterday and they're set to take on the New York Rangers tonight at KeyBank Center. It'll be on the national stage as NBCSN is broadcasting the game. You can hear Dan and Rayzor's call on WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know. 

Video: Sabres in :90 (2/1/17)

Buffalo has lost two in a row, but against the Rangers this season, they've had a lot of success. A win tonight would give the Sabres four straight wins against the Rangers and a season sweep against the Rangers for the first time since they swept the 2006-07 season series.

The Sabres are coming off a successful month of January from an offensive standpoint. With an average of 3.23 goals for per game over the course of the month, the Sabres had their most productive month offensively since January 2013.

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice

Dmitry Kulikov added to the goal column for the first time this season on Tuesday, scoring his first of the season. Jourdon LaBarber checked in with him in yesterday's Ice Level Practice Report.

"I think it's the kind of goal that doesn't really matter in the game situation but I think for me, personally, it was good to get it out of the way," Kulikov said.

 

Who else has produced?

Evander Kane has 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games and enters tonight's game with points in each of his last four, having totaled seven points (2+5) in those four games. With a point tonight, he would have his longest point streak since February 2013 (eight games).

Brian Gionta enters tonight's game on his first four-game point streak (3+1) since he had points in five straight from Nov. 6 to 16, 2010. Gionta also has 15 points (7+8) in his last 16 games against the Rangers, including at least a point in each of his last five (2+4).

Cody Franson has five points (1+4) in his last five games.

Kyle Okposo has 15 points (4+11) in his last 13 games against the Rangers, including at least a point in his last six (2+7).
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Jack Eichel has at least a point in each of his five career games against the Rangers, totaling seven points (3+4) in those games.

Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in four career games against the Rangers, including three assists so far this season.

 

Injury update

From the practice report:
Bylsma said that defensemen Josh Gorges and Jake McCabe both skated on their own on Wednesday morning. Gorges has missed the last 11 games with a hip injury, while McCabe has missed three games with an injured shoulder.

"Jake saw the doctor this morning and got moved to skating so we saw him get on the ice and his rehab is progressing hopefully," Bylsma said. "Josh, he skated the last three days, conditioning skate today and he's going to see the doctor this afternoon. He's at the point where he could be, given a good report from the doctor, could be working back to playing when he skates."

 

Parents Trip

If you missed our recap of the Nashville leg of our recent Parents Trip, check it out here. The reactions of the moms and dads after Okposo's game-tying goal and Eichel's winner are priceless. 

Video: Sabres Parents Trip: Nashville 

 

On tap today

Full game day coverage leading up to game night. Look out for the Morning Skate Report and Brian Duff's video preview. 

We'll have a blog from Dan Dunleavy on the way as well.  

Buffalo regrouped at practice yesterday and they're set to take on the New York Rangers tonight at KeyBank Center. It'll be on the national stage as NBCSN is broadcasting the game. You can hear Dan and Rayzor's call on WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know. 

Video: Sabres in :90 (2/1/17)

Buffalo has lost two in a row, but against the Rangers this season, they've had a lot of success. A win tonight would give the Sabres four straight wins against the Rangers and a season sweep against the Rangers for the first time since they swept the 2006-07 season series.

The Sabres are coming off a successful month of January from an offensive standpoint. With an average of 3.23 goals for per game over the course of the month, the Sabres had their most productive month offensively since January 2013.

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice

Dmitry Kulikov added to the goal column for the first time this season on Tuesday, scoring his first of the season. Jourdon LaBarber checked in with him in yesterday's Ice Level Practice Report.

"I think it's the kind of goal that doesn't really matter in the game situation but I think for me, personally, it was good to get it out of the way," Kulikov said.

 

Who else has produced?

Evander Kane has 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games and enters tonight's game with points in each of his last four, having totaled seven points (2+5) in those four games. With a point tonight, he would have his longest point streak since February 2013 (eight games).

Brian Gionta enters tonight's game on his first four-game point streak (3+1) since he had points in five straight from Nov. 6 to 16, 2010. Gionta also has 15 points (7+8) in his last 16 games against the Rangers, including at least a point in each of his last five (2+4).

Cody Franson has five points (1+4) in his last five games.

Kyle Okposo has 15 points (4+11) in his last 13 games against the Rangers, including at least a point in his last six (2+7).
Brian 

Jack Eichel has at least a point in each of his five career games against the Rangers, totaling seven points (3+4) in those games.

Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in four career games against the Rangers, including three assists so far this season.

 

Injury update

From the practice report:
Bylsma said that defensemen Josh Gorges and Jake McCabe both skated on their own on Wednesday morning. Gorges has missed the last 11 games with a hip injury, while McCabe has missed three games with an injured shoulder.

"Jake saw the doctor this morning and got moved to skating so we saw him get on the ice and his rehab is progressing hopefully," Bylsma said. "Josh, he skated the last three days, conditioning skate today and he's going to see the doctor this afternoon. He's at the point where he could be, given a good report from the doctor, could be working back to playing when he skates."

 

Parents Trip

If you missed our recap of the Nashville leg of our recent Parents Trip, check it out here. The reactions of the moms and dads after Okposo's game-tying goal and Eichel's winner are priceless. 

Video: Sabres Parents Trip: Nashville 

 

On tap today

Full game day coverage leading up to game night. Look out for the Morning Skate Report and Brian Duff's video preview. 

We'll have a blog from Dan Dunleavy on the way as well.  

Buffalo regrouped at practice yesterday and they're set to take on the New York Rangers tonight at KeyBank Center. It'll be on the national stage as NBCSN is broadcasting the game. You can hear Dan and Rayzor's call on WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know. 

Video: Sabres in :90 (2/1/17)

Buffalo has lost two in a row, but against the Rangers this season, they've had a lot of success. A win tonight would give the Sabres four straight wins against the Rangers and a season sweep against the Rangers for the first time since they swept the 2006-07 season series.

The Sabres are coming off a successful month of January from an offensive standpoint. With an average of 3.23 goals for per game over the course of the month, the Sabres had their most productive month offensively since January 2013.

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice

Dmitry Kulikov added to the goal column for the first time this season on Tuesday, scoring his first of the season. Jourdon LaBarber checked in with him in yesterday's Ice Level Practice Report.

"I think it's the kind of goal that doesn't really matter in the game situation but I think for me, personally, it was good to get it out of the way," Kulikov said.

 

Who else has produced?

Evander Kane has 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games and enters tonight's game with points in each of his last four, having totaled seven points (2+5) in those four games. With a point tonight, he would have his longest point streak since February 2013 (eight games).

Brian Gionta enters tonight's game on his first four-game point streak (3+1) since he had points in five straight from Nov. 6 to 16, 2010. Gionta also has 15 points (7+8) in his last 16 games against the Rangers, including at least a point in each of his last five (2+4).

Cody Franson has five points (1+4) in his last five games.

Kyle Okposo has 15 points (4+11) in his last 13 games against the Rangers, including at least a point in his last six (2+7).
Brian 

Jack Eichel has at least a point in each of his five career games against the Rangers, totaling seven points (3+4) in those games.

Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in four career games against the Rangers, including three assists so far this season.

 

Injury update

From the practice report:
Bylsma said that defensemen Josh Gorges and Jake McCabe both skated on their own on Wednesday morning. Gorges has missed the last 11 games with a hip injury, while McCabe has missed three games with an injured shoulder.

"Jake saw the doctor this morning and got moved to skating so we saw him get on the ice and his rehab is progressing hopefully," Bylsma said. "Josh, he skated the last three days, conditioning skate today and he's going to see the doctor this afternoon. He's at the point where he could be, given a good report from the doctor, could be working back to playing when he skates."

 

Parents Trip

If you missed our recap of the Nashville leg of our recent Parents Trip, check it out here. The reactions of the moms and dads after Okposo's game-tying goal and Eichel's winner are priceless. 

Video: Sabres Parents Trip: Nashville 

 

On tap today

Full game day coverage leading up to game night. Look out for the Morning Skate Report and Brian Duff's video preview. 

We'll have a blog from Dan Dunleavy on the way as well.  

(Happy Groundhog Day!)

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