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Sharpen Up: January 10, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres will look o build off that big win on Saturday against the Jets with a match tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. 

Here's what you need to know.

This is how the Sabres practiced yesterday:

82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart 
48 William Carrier / 63 Tyler Ennis - 90 Ryan O'Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo 
9 Evander Kane - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 12 Brian Gionta 
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 27 Derek Grant - 26 Matt Moulson / 56 Justin Bailey

29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
47 Zach Bogosian - 6 Cody Franson
41 Justin Falk - 38 Taylor Fedun

40 Robin Lehner
31 Anders Nilsson

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice

After practice, Ennis said he would meet with doctor and the training staff and evaluate where he's at. He's missed the last 27 games after undergoing groin surgery. He seemed skeptical about a return to the lineup tonight, but we'll see what happens at today's morning skate. 

Carrier lost 13 pounds due to an illness, but he could figure back into the lineup. 

Brian Duff looked at the lineup news in yesterday's Sabres in :90

Video: Monday's Sabres in :90

 

A little ditty 'bout Jack and Sam

The real noteworthy change is Reinhart back on Eichel's wing. Jourdon LaBarber has more on that: 

The numbers don't lie: With nine points in his last nine games, Sam Reinhart is currently in the midst of the most productive stretch of his young NHL career. Whether or not he felt it's been his best stretch was another question altogether, and he took a second to think before answering that question on Monday.

"Yeah, probably," Reinhart said. "I, mean, numbers-wise sure, yeah, but just how I'm feeling consistency-wise, the consistency has stepped up and in an 82-game schedule that's the most important thing you can have."

At age 21, Reinhart is on pace to score 50 points this season, up from the 42 he scored as a rookie in 2015-16. How he's gotten those points, however, has changed significantly. Reinhart had 19 assists in 79 games last season; he already has 16 in 39 games this season.

You can read the full story here.

And if he dresses, tonight's game will be the 100th game of Jack Eichel's career.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Eichel's totals through 99 games already rank him in the top 15 in franchise history among players through their first 100 career games in goals (32,12th), assists (38, 13th) and points (70, 15th).

Among all Sabres in franchise history with at least 100 games played for the team, Eichel's current rates would rank him 22nd in goals per game (.32), 36th in assists per game (.38) and 27th in points per game (.71).

In their second full NHL seasons, Eichel and Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16. Their 82-game pace is in parentheses.

 

  2015-16 2016-17
  Jack Eichel Sam Reinhart Jack Eichel Sam Reinhart
G/GP .30 (25) .29 (24) .44 (36) .21 (17)
A/GP .40 (33) .24 (20) .33 (27) .41 (34)
P/GP .69 (57) .53 (43) .78 (64) .62 (51)
SOG/GP 2.9 (238) 2.1 (172) 3.8 (312) 2.2 (180)

 

On tap today

Stick with us for full morning skate coverage for all of your lineup news. Then stick with us for the TOPS Game Night pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. 

For postgame coverage, we've got you covered as well at Sabres.com with full recaps, highlights and locker room interviews. 

Also today, check out our weekly Amerks update. 

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