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Sharpen Up: November 16, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Things started off well last night, but the tide turned in the third period as the Buffalo Sabres dropped last night's game in St. Louis 4-1 to the Blues. Sam Reinhart opened the scoring midway through the first, but St. Louis tied it quickly thereafter. 

The Blues then piled on, adding three goals in the third period. Buffalo does not have a win in five games and has only earned two of a possible 10 points over that span. During the winless streak, the Sabres have scored only five goals. 

Here's what you need to know.


About last night

Video: BUF Recap: Reinhart scores in 4-1 loss to Blues

Let's look at last night's game one more time before moving on to the four-game homestand that opens up tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here's Jourdon LaBarber's reap of the game.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma knows the goals will have to start coming if Buffalo wants to start winning games again, but defensive zone breakdowns also need to be limited. 

 Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview

"We're strapped for goals, we're strapped for opportunities to get the goal," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's not for lack of effort. Guys are throwing it out there and giving everything they got. You feel like at this time we need a fluker, we need to fight to get that kind of odd goal to break us out." 

Video: REINHART: Postgame Interview

 "It's tough," Reinhart said. "We've got to get better, we've got to put the puck in the net, but we've been in games. We've got to find a way to get better and that's part of it."

Video: GORGES: Postgame Interview

"It's a bit frustrating because we came out, got a real good look early and then we make a few mistakes," alternate captain Josh Gorges said. "Against a team like this and most teams we're gonna play, they play a structured game, they play a tight game, and they wait for mistakes. When we made them tonight, they capitalized."


Up next

Things don't get much easier for the Sabres. They're back in action tomorrow night against Tampa, and we'll be watching the status of their captain, Steven Stamkos, closely. Stamkos left the 4-3 win over Detroit 8:15 into the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Buffalo hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday, Calgary on Monday and Detroit on Wednesday, so with games every other day, there isn't a whole lot of time for the Sabres to catch their collective breath. 


On tap today

The team is set to take the ice for practice at around noon today at KeyBank Center. We'll catch you up on any injury news that may transpire, including those to Ryan O'Reilly and Dmitry Kulikov, who both missed last night's game. 

I'll have your written coverage and Brian Duff will have Sabres in :90 for your viewing pleasure.

Also today, Lauren Hall will be back with a blog that recaps last week's Military Appreciation Night and a few other things she's been involved in.


Casino for a Cause

Yesterday, defenseman Zach Bogosian announced through his charitable organization the Bogo Bunch that he will be hosting a Casino for a Cause, an event to benefit the Buffalo Wellness Centers Juicer Fund and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Town Ballroom. Sponsorships and individual tickets for Casino for a Cause can be purchased on the Town Ballroom website beginning Monday. 

Click here for more details. We hope to see you there.

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