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Sharpen Up: November 4, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres will try to make it two in a row tonight when they hit Dallas for a game against the Stars. 

We'll have full game day coverage for you starting with the morning skate later on today. Then join Duffer and Marty for the GMC Game Night pregame show starting at 7:30 p.m. on MSG. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 8 on MSG and WGR 550. Dan and Rayzor have the call.

Here's what you need to know.

After Thursday night's win in Arizona, the Sabres took a day off the ice.

Video: Pouliot, Okposo lead offensive charge in 5-4 victory

They'll be back at it with today's morning skate, which is scheduled for 12:15 ET. 

Justin Bailey missed that game with a lower-body injury so we'll check in on his status and on any other lineup changes that may be in order.

Jourdon will have the Jani King Morning Skate Report for you while Dan will have the Game Preview video.


From @SabresPR's Game Notes

The Sabres are looking to end a five-game road losing streak against the Stars, seeking their first win in Dallas since a 5-4 shootout win on Jan. 15, 2009. The only player on tonight's rosters who played in that game was Jason Pominville, who recorded two assists and the game-deciding shootout goal.

Side note: Last year's game in Dallas was nutty and frustrating with a bunch of replays and disallowed goals that didn't go in Buffalo's favor. If you don't remember (or maybe you've chosen to forget), check out the game recap from that night.

 

  • Matt Moulson has 15 points (9+6) in 15 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (6+4) in 10 career games against Dallas.
  • Benoit Pouliot has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Stars.
     

Jack Eichel (4+9) and Evander Kane (7+6) both have 13 points in 13 games this season, including a point each in both of the last two games.

Ryan O'Reilly has 10 points (4+6) in his last eight games and had three assists on Thursday at Arizona.

Benoit Pouliot has five points (4+1) in his last five games, including a three-point performance (2+1) at Arizona on Thursday. It was his two-goal game since Oct. 26, 2016 against Washington and his first three-point game since he tallied four (0+4) on Feb. 11, 2016. The Sabres are 4-0-0 when Pouliot records a point so far this season.

Robin Lehner is 3-1-0 in his last four games and seeking four wins in five games for the first time since Feb. 11 to 18.

 

Road Crew tour stop #1 is in the books

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Good times at #SabresRoadCrew in Dallas, thanks to @delta & @DACWBuffalo. �� Check our Instagram Story & Snapchat ���BuffaloSabres��� for more! pic.twitter.com/x4aw26ZZ6o

Thanks to everyone who attended in Dallas last night!

 

Wild night for the Amerks with 7-6 shootout win

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From the Amerks.com game recap...

The Rochester Americans (6-4-0-0) scored five goals in a span of 5:17 during the second period and added another later in the frame to erase a 3-0 deficit before surviving a late push from the Hershey Bears to come out on top with a 7-6 shootout win Friday night at The Blue Cross Arena.

Much as he did Wednesday night in Utica, Eric Cornel provided the heroics for the second straight game, netting the shootout game-winner to cap the 455th all-time meeting between the American Hockey League's two oldest teams. He also added his first of the season during a wild six-goal second-period that saw the Amerks quickly turn a 3-0 deficit into a 6-4 advantage in a matter of minutes.

Fifteen of Rochester's 18 skaters recorded a point while Kevin Porter, Kyle Criscuolo and Brendan Guhle all notched a multi-point (1+1) outing to lead the Amerks to their fourth win in the last five games.

Criscuolo now shows eight points (3+5) over a career-long five-game point streak while Guhle booked his first-career two-point night. Cornel, Garret Ross, Hudson Fasching rounded out the scoring for Rochester.

Goaltender Linus Ullmark earned his fourth win in the last five games as he improved his record to 5-3-0 by making 28 saves.

The Amerks begin a three-game North Division road swing tonight as they make their way back to Mohawk Valley for another go-around with the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The 7 p.m. contest will be the second meeting in four nights between the two teams and will be carried live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester.

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