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Sharpen Up: October 21, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres were on the wrong end of things last night in their 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last night at KeyBank Center. They'll be back at it tonight when they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden tonight at 7 p.m. 

The GMC Game Night pregame show with Duffer and Marty kicks off at 6:30 on MSG. RJ and Rayzor have the call after that. Dan will be on hand as well throughout the night and will have a game preview with Jourdon here on later today. We'll hear from Phl Housley closer to game time as well.

Here's what you need to know.


About last night

Video: BUF Recap: Eichel, Bailey tally in 4-2 loss at home

Justin Bailey and Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo to give them a 2-1 lead after one (it was Bailey's first goal in his hometown of Buffalo), but the Canucks rallied back to win. Chad Johnson made 37 saves in the loss. 

Video: Justin Bailey Postgame (10/20/17)

From Jourdon's Lexus Postgame Report

In order to win at home against a Vancouver Canucks team coming off a lopsided loss one night prior, Phil Housley and the Buffalo Sabres knew they'd need a more complete effort than the one they had in Vegas on Tuesday.

Instead, their game against the Canucks in many ways resembled their loss to the Golden Knights. The Sabres scored first, but then got outplayed for the majority of the first 40 minutes in a 4-2 loss at KeyBank Center on Friday night. 

Video: Kyle Okposo Postgame (10/20/17)

"It was gross," Sabres forward Kyle Okposo said of the team's start. "That was gross. We didn't come out ready to play. It was what we had stressed, what we had talked about. We didn't do it … That's on us."

Housley challenged Sedin's go-ahead goal for an offside entry, but after a lengthy review it was ruled that Vancouver's Jake Virtanen had possession of the puck as he crossed the blue line. The failed challenge resulted in a minor penalty for delay of game against the Sabres.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Explanation of Coach���s Challenge at 8:10 of the second period in the @Canucks/@BuffaloSabres game. #VANvsBUF

Video: Phil Housley Postgame (10/20/17)

"I disagree with the call, totally," Housley said. "In my opinion, he knocks the puck out of the air. He never has possession. If you call that possession, then as [long] as I've been in the league, it's a different answer or different explanation that they give me. I call it 10 out of 10 times offside."

Video: Chad Johnson Postgame (10/20/17)

Redmond recalled


Nathan Beaulieu left the game in the second period with an injury so Buffalo made a roster move this morning to give them seven healthy defensemen in Boston. They've called up defenseman Zach Redmond from the Rochester Americans. 

Redmond joins the Sabres for his first recall since being acquired on Oct. 4 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Nicolas Deslauriers. In four games this season, he is tied for the Amerks' team lead in points (3), assists (2) and plus/minus rating (plus-2).

With Beaulieu, Josh Gorges (who was placed on injured reserve this morning), Zach Bogosian and Justin Falk on the shelf, the Sabres will dress six of these seven defensemen tonight: Redmond, Rasmus Ristolainen, Marco Scandella, Jake McCabe, Victor Antipin, Matt Tennyson and Taylor Fedun.

From the Game Notes (@SabresPR's playground)

The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid going winless in four straight games in Boston for the first time since the team went 0-5-1 in Boston from Nov. 1, 2001 to Jan. 12, 2004.

Robin Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 17 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .923 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average.

Fans' Choice presented by KeyBank Final 4

Your votes have decided which alumni could be immortalized as a bobblehead for our Fan Appreciation Night giveaway. Will it be Dominik Hasek, Patrick Kaleta, Gilbert Perreault or Rob Ray? In-arena voting begins next Saturday. 

And speaking of Rayzor, we'll probably be hearing about this on tonight's broadcast

October 21, 1989: Rob Ray scores a goal on his first NHL shot and adds an assist in a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.

He went on to record a total of five multi-point games and 3,207 penalty minutes in his career. Happy anniversary, Rayzor!

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