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Murray headlines noteworthy performances from Sabres prospects

Catch up on how players in the system are performing

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Brett Murray showed off his scoring touch last week, posting three goals in a pair of games for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Murray, a fourth-round pick of the Sabres in 2016, scored twice on five shots Saturday (including the game-winner) in Youngstown's 4-3 win over Muskegon. 

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Beaulieu developing chemistry alongside Dahlin

Defenseman has 3 points in last 2 games for Sabres

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Nathan Beaulieu drifted toward the slot and caught a pass from his defense partner, setting off the sequence of events that led to Jeff Skinner's first-period goal against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

It wasn't an ordinary D-to-D pass, but it's the type one needs to be ready for when playing alongside Rasmus Dahlin.

"I think me and him really think the game the same way," Beaulieu said following a team meeting at KeyBank Center on Tuesday. "On the first goal, you notice that. You don't really see plays happening like that too much, a D hitting another D in the slot.

"I just think that we think the game really well, the same way, so I think that makes things a lot easier to read in the offensive zone for both of us."

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Sharpen Up: November 14, 2018

Here's what you need to know to start your Wednesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

After beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 last night, the Sabres sit three points behind the Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division. 

Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo scored. Carter Hutton made 29 saves to earn first-star honors.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Hutton shuts down Lightning as Sabres extend win streak to 3

Skinner, Okposo tally goals in 2-1 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Carter Hutton had earned a favor from the goal post, even if he didn't necessarily need it. 

Hutton had already made 29 saves by the time Nikita Kucherov caught a pass from Steven Stamkos in the dying seconds of the Buffalo Sabres' game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Kucherov, as dangerous a goal scorer as any, ripped one last shot in desperation. 

The sound of the puck ringing the goal post was followed by the roar of the buzzer, putting the finishing touches on a 2-1 win for the Sabres, but Hutton felt he was in position to make the save regardless. 

"I think it hit the outside of the post anyways," the goaltender said afterward. 

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North Division-leading Amerks hit the road for 3 games in 3 nights

Rochester sits one point back of Charlotte for 1st overall

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans enter the week having earned 21 out of a possible 24 points over their last 12 games and boast an 8-1-1-0 record over their last 10, the best mark in the AHL over that span. 

Rochester's recent and impressive surge has the Amerks at the top of the North Division standings, four points in front of Cleveland, and just one point back of Charlotte for first-place overall. Only the Checkers have more wins (12) and a better points percentage (.786) than the Amerks.

 

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Sabres embracing challenge of matchup with Lightning

Team hosts Tampa Bay to begin stretch of 5 games in 9 days

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With wins in two straight games, the Sabres have already checked a number of boxes as they approach the middle of November. They're 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, marking their best such stretch since the end of the 2015-16 season. Their 6-4-2 October matched their best start since 2011. 

That success had been teased since the beginning of training camp, when players and coaches spoke of a newly formed culture to go with a revamped roster. It will be put to the test again as the Sabres begin a difficult nine-day stretch, starting with a home game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. 

"We've got Tampa, let's not look too much further than that, but when you look at the next games coming up, we've got [five] games in nine nights against good opponents," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "That's going to tell a lot about our team. 

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Sharpen Up: November 13, 2018

Here's what you need to know before the Sabres take on the Lightning tonight

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres will face one of their biggest tests of the season with first-place Tampa in town. Buffalo is currently five points behind the Lightning for the division lead.

Faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray have the call on WGR 550. If you want to see the game live, tickets are on sale now.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres, Wegmans, Entercom Buffalo partner for Turkeys for Tickets drive

Thanksgiving turkey drive on Thursday, Nov. 15 to benefit local food pantries

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will partner with Wegmans and Entercom Buffalo for a Thanksgiving turkey drive on Thursday, Nov. 15 to benefit local food pantries. The turkey drive will take place from 6 to 9 a.m. in the following locations:

•   KeyBank Center Surface Lot (Enter lot from Baltimore Street, via Perry Street)
•   Wegmans in Amherst (675 Alberta Dr., Amherst, NY 14226)
•   Wegmans in West Seneca (370 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224)

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Minnesota goalie on Mittelstadt's go-to move: 'It's so hard to stop'

Reinhart practices with Eichel; Sabres look ahead to Tampa

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Eric Schierhorn still recalls situations when the Minnesota Golden Gophers were tied or trailing late last season, and an 18-year-old Casey Mittelstadt - playing his first and only season of college hockey - would skate by the net to offer reassurance.

"He'd come skate by me if there was a faceoff in our end and be like, 'Hey, we're going to get you one. I'm going to get you one,'" Schierhorn, now a senior goaltender at Minnesota, said by phone Monday. "He's putting it on his shoulders that he's going to win us the game. He wants to be that guy."

Mittelstadt was that guy for the Buffalo Sabres in their win over Vancouver on Saturday, beating Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom on his first NHL shootout attempt. He insisted afterward that he wasn't nervous. His skills, he said, were polished from a year of practice shootouts in college. 

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Sharpen Up: November 12, 2018

Here's what you need to know as we observe Veterans Day

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo came back late in the third period on Saturday to pull off a 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Sam Reinhart led the way with a goal and an assist in the final 2:27 of regulation to force overtime. Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt scored in the shootout to secure the win. 

Oh, and the Sabres are now 4-0-0 in afternoon games this season.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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