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Sharpen Up: February 25, 2021 | Reverse Retro jerseys to debut tonight

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. tonight from KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Following a four-game road trip, the Buffalo Sabres will open up a three-game homestand tonight at KeyBank Center. Buffalo will be sporting a new look. Tonight marks the first time they'll play in their Reverse Retro jerseys, which put a new spin on the first third jersey in team history that debuted in 2000. 

Since only divisional games will be played this season, the opponents will seem familiar. However, we've already seen quite a bit from tonight's opponent. The New Jersey Devils are in town and will play the Sabres for the fifth time this year. 

Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550 with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on MSG.

The two clubs squared off on Tuesday, with Buffalo winning 4-1 at Prudential Center. We'll have more on the matchup here in Sharpen Up so keep scrolling.

Here's what you need to know.


Tonight's matchup 

The Sabres are 3-1-0 against the Devils so far this year. They're 5-1-0 over the last six head-to-head contests, outscoring New Jersey 28-14 in those games. 

Let's dive deep into some numbers, courtesy of @SabresPR's Game Notes:

  • In Tuesday's game, the teams combined for 79 shots on goal, tying as the highest total in a Sabres game this season. It was the third-most shots ever recorded in the 163 regular-season games between the Sabres and Devils franchises, and the most since the teams totaled 82 shots on Jan. 15, 1992.
  • The 74 saves made by Linus Ullmark (41) and Mackenzie Blackwood (33) tied the total made by Dominik Hasek (37) and Martin Brodeur (37) in a 0-0 tie on Dec. 23, 1996 as the second-most combined saves in the history of the series during the regular season. 
  • (The record of 77 was set by Denis Herron (50), Roger Crozier (16) and Gary Bromley (11) in Buffalo's 8-1 win over the Kansas City Scouts on Feb. 2, 1975.)


  • With the win, Ullmark improved to 10-3-3 in his career when facing at least 40 shots, including two wins against the Devils.


  • Sam Reinhart recorded two assists in Tuesday's victory to extend his point streak to four games (3+3). The Sabres are now 44-7-9 (.808) in Reinhart's career when he records at least two points.


  • Jacob Bryson made his NHL debut Tuesday, skating 17:59 and recording a plus-2 rating.
  • With injuries on defense to William Borgen (6-to-8 weeks with a broken arm), Jake McCabe (6-to-8 months with a knee injury) and Rasmus Ristolainen (out indefinitely due to COVID-related symptoms), it's likely that Bryson will play in his second NHL game tonight.
  • Lineup news and notes will be available here on after the team's morning skate.


  • Six different Sabres have played at a point-per-game pace through the first four meetings of the season between these teams: Rasmus Dahlin (1+3, 4 GP), Jack Eichel (0+4, 4 GP), Taylor Hall (0+4, 4 GP), Victor Olofsson (2+2, 4 GP), Reinhart (2+2, 2 GP) and Rasmus Ristolainen (1+1, 2 GP).


  • Buffalo is tied with Chicago for the NHL lead with a 33.3 percent conversion rate on the power play.
  • The Sabres have scored at least one power-play goal in 10 of their last 11 games, going 14-for-34 (41.2%) during that stretch.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: The power play is HOT right now, and Victor Olofsson is the star of the show 🔥#LetsGoBuffalo | @GEICO

Game 1 for Reverse Retro jerseys

The Sabres' new Reverse Retro jersey, modeled after the team's first third jersey that debuted during the 2000-01 season, features a crossed swords logo on the crest and the team's primary logo from 1996-2006 on the shoulders in an updated blue and gold color scheme. It will be worn by the team for the first time tonight. 

The team will wear the Reverse Retros six times this season. Here's the full schedule:

Exclusive Reverse Retro merchandise is also available in this month's Game Night To Go box.

The Reverse Retro program is an NHL-wide initiative in which all 31 teams will wear throwback jerseys with a remixed color scheme. Each team will wear the new jerseys multiple times during the season. The uniforms were unveiled in November.

Check out the Reverse Retro hub for more information on the uniform.  

Sabres partner with RISE to bring 'Diversity Foundations' program to WNY high schools

The Sabres will bring the Diversity Foundations for High School program to local schools through a partnership with national nonprofit RISE and EVERFI. The program will be made available free of charge to all high schools in Western New York.

Diversity Foundations for High School introduces students to key concepts of identity, bias, power, privilege and oppression while establishing the importance of ally behavior, self-care and creating inclusive spaces.

The content of the program is delivered through five 10- to 15-minute digital online lessons suitable for students grades nine through 12. The lessons are designed to be incorporated into curriculums in advisory, senior seminar, social studies, and English and language arts classes.

The EVERFI course includes resources from RISE, a nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to be leaders for eliminating racial discrimination, championing social justice and improving race relations.

Enrollment is now open and educators can visit to sign up free of charge. More information is available at  

More details are available here as well.

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