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Sharpen Up: October 15, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres were two minutes away from securing at least a point last night in their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. But an ill-timed penalty from Evander Kane led to Drew Doughty's game-winning goal. The Kings went on to win 4-2 and Buffalo saw its record drop to 0-4-1.

The team is in Anaheim tonight for a match against the Ducks. The GMC pregame show with Duffer and Marty begins at 8:30 p.m. with faceoff set for just after 9. Dan and Rayzor have the call.

Here's what you need to know.

 

A look back at last night


Video: BUF Recap: Sabres fall to Kings in close battle

Zemgus Girgensons and Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo, but special teams play was were it was at, as Jourdon notes in our Lexus Postgame Report (check that out for tons more on last night's action):

Each team had three chances with the extra man. Buffalo went 0-for-3. Los Angeles, having entered the game 0-for-16, went 3-for-3. 

"That was the name of the game tonight," Kane said. "Penalties cost us, and we didn't kill off any of the power plays."

Video: Postgame: KANE

With 2:02 remaining in the third period of a tied game, Kane got tangled up while trying to make a play on the puck and was called for tripping Dustin Brown. Doughty took his shot right off the opening faceoff of the ensuing power play. 

"No excuse for that," Kane said. "I obviously wasn't trying to trip him, I was trying to make a play on the puck. But regardless of that, I can't take that penalty at that time of the game."

Video: Postgame: LEHNER

"It was going to go in my glove and it dove and then it didn't go in my glove," goaltender Robin Lehner said. "It's just how it's bouncing right now. I see a lot of shots every season, maybe once every 1,000 shots it dives on you."

Video: Postgame: EICHEL

"I thought there were a lot of momentum swings in the game. It was just some little errors," Eichel said. "We're giving too many pucks back to the other team when we have it. It's kind of just little simple stuff, but if we clean it up I think we'll be able to generate more offense and we'll spend a lot more time in their end."

Video: Postgame: HOUSLEY

Kyle Okposo missed the game due to illness. We'll see if he's ready to return to the lineup tonight when we check in with coach Phil Housley later this evening. 


From the Game Notes for tonight's contest

  • With a road win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are looking for consecutive road wins against the Ducks for the first time since the team won six straight visits to Anaheim from Jan. 7, 1998 to Oct. 24, 2003.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.

 

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 34 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.85 meetings, the Sabres' highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 27 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 26 games - 8.67 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres' last shutout against the Ducks occurred four meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

 

  • Tonight's game wraps up Buffalo's first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss at Los Angeles last night. 
  • The Sabres were 8-8-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-12-1 in the second game last season. 
  • Buffalo's point breakdown in previous back-to-back last season was: four points (2), three points (2), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

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