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Sharpen Up: November 27, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres have wrapped up a busy stretch and after a day off yesterday, they'll hit the ice for practice today, in anticipation of three games this week against some tough opponents.

The Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning come to KeyBank Center tomorrow night. They'll follow that up with a home-and-home set against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and Saturday. 

Here's what you need to know.


About last game 

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres blanked by Price, Canadiens

The Sabres were unable to string together back-to-back wins on Saturday in Montreal after defeating the Edmonton Oilers on home ice on Friday

Buffalo was shut out 3-0 in Carey Price's return from a 10-game absence due to injury. 

From the Lexus Postgame Report:

 Video: HOUSLEY Postgame Interview at MTL

It took an overturned goal in the final minute, but the game between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night ended the same way it began: with chants of "Carey" raining down from the Bell Centre crowd.

The first such chant came when the Canadiens took the ice prior to puck drop, a "welcome back" from the Montreal fans to their Vezina Trophy winning goaltender. The final chant was in celebration of a shutout, after Carey Price stifled the Buffalo Sabres on a 36-shot night that resulted in a 3-0 loss.

Sabres coach Phil Housley said he saw almost everything he wanted to see from his team, with the exception of beating the goalie.

Video: REINHART: Postgame Interview at MTL

"He's the best goalie in the world," Sabres forward Sam Reinhart said. "There's always ways we can get to him. We can make things more difficult on him whether it's getting pucks quicker, our forwards getting to the net quicker, making it tough on him to see the puck.

"There's not too many times where you're going to beat him clean so there's definitely ways we can do better."

Video: LEHNER: Postgame Interview at MTL

Robin Lehner allowed three goals on 26 shots, all of which came on breaks for the Canadiens. Jeff Petry's power-play goal deflected in off the stick of Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, Alex Galchenyuk scored off a rebound on a 2-on-1 rush and Paul Byron scored on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Sabres felt like they were still in the game up until Byron's goal, which made it 3-0 with 11:33 remaining in the third period. It was a turnover at the blue line that led to the Montreal defenseman going free for a breakaway, and he tucked a backhand shot between Lehner's pads.

"We totally had them in the third," Lehner said. "That was a bad break for us I think. It turned into a breakaway and I think I had him. I think I played him well. It went off my stick, I think I had my stick there five-hole too, but it managed to squeak in. 

"It's unfortunate, but I think the guys had a hell of an effort today."

Video: KANE: Postgame Interview at MTL

Coming up today

Stay tuned for full coverage from practice. Jacob Josefson played just 5:28 before leaving Saturday's game due to an injury. It was his third back after a 15-game absence due to a lower-body injury. We'll see if he's on the ice and what lineup changes could be in store for Tuesday. 

We'll also have Kris Baker's weekly Sabres Prospects Report for you.

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