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Sharpen Up: December 8, 2021 | Sabres move on after falling to Anaheim

Buffalo set to return to practice this morning

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres made a push in the third period last night, but it wasn't enough in a 2-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at KeyBank Center. 

We have full coverage of the game here on Sabres.com and in today's Sharpen Up.

Casey Mittelstadt left the game early in the third period with an injury. Tuesday marked three games since Mittelstadt had returned from a 21-game absence due to an injury sustained on opening night. After the game, Sabres coach Don Granato said it is not a re-injury so at the moment, they are optimistic that Mittelstadt's absence will be short term.  

Buffalo will return to practice today. Stick around for updates and more on the site and the team's social media channels. 

The team's next game is Friday against the Rangers. Tickets are on sale now.

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Luukkonen makes 21 saves but Sabres unable to generate anything vs. Ducks

Buffalo falls 2-0 to Anaheim at home

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The highlight everyone will be talking about from the Buffalo Sabres' 2-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday happened early in the second period. 

Ducks rookie forward Trevor Zegras stood behind the Sabres net and picked the puck up on the blade of his stick. He then saw linemate Sonny Milano call for it in front and then flipped the puck over the net. Milano batted it in to open the scoring 5:14 into the middle period. 

When asked after the game about coverage in front of the net on the play, Sabres coach Don Granato said he'd rather rewind the tape and focus on the mistakes that happened prior to that particular sequence. 

"There were errors before that play that I really didn't like. Up ice in the entry, didn't like it. It should have never got to that point," he said. "There were plays prior to that that were things you could have eliminated before it ever happened."

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At the Final Horn | Mittelstadt exits early in loss to Ducks

Luukkonen stops 21 shots in season debut.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt left with an apparent injury during the third period of a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks inside KeyBank Center on Monday. 

Mittelstadt missed 21 games after sustaining an upper-body injury during Buffalo's season opener on Oct. 16. He was playing for the third time since returning to the lineup in Florida last Thursday. 

The forward completed his last shift against the Ducks with 13:56 remaining in the contest before leaving for the dressing room. 

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres vs. Ducks

Luukkonen to make 1st start of season for Buffalo

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen will make his first start of the season tonight as the Buffalo Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks.

Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+ and Hulu. A subscription is required to watch on those streaming services. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the radio call on WGR 550.

Tickets for the game are on sale now.

 

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Sharpen Up: December 7, 2021 | Buffalo opens homestand tonight vs. Ducks

Tickets are on sale now, subscription required to watch tonight's game from home

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres will look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight with the Anaheim Ducks in town.

Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. If you plan on watching from home, you'll need a subscription to ESPN+ or Hulu.

For updates from the morning skate, stay tuned to Sabres.com and the team's official social media channels. 

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Up from Rochester, Luukkonen ready if called upon

Granato has yet to name starter for Tuesday as Buffalo deals with injuries in net

by Kurt Haumesser @KurtHaumesser88 / Sabres.com

Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen joined the Buffalo Sabres on the ice for practice at KeyBank Center on Monday. 

The Sabres are currently dealing with a number of injuries to their goaltenders as Craig Anderson is out month to month with an upper-body injury, Dustin Tokarski is in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, and newly acquired netminder Malcolm Subban is still being evaluated for an injury sustained Saturday night. 

Luukkonen, who was recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League before practice, served as Aaron Dell's backup on Thursday.

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Sabres recall Luukkonen from Amerks

Goaltender has appeared in 12 games with Rochester this season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Rochester Americans, the team announced Monday. 

The Sabres are scheduled to practice inside KeyBank Center at 11 a.m. Goaltender Malcolm Subban, acquired from Chicago last Thursday, left with an apparent injury during the third period against Carolina on Saturday. Dustin Tokarski is in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. 

Luukkonen, 22, has an .888 save percentage in 12 games with Rochester this season. He was named AHL Player of the Week after stopping 112 of 117 shots in three outings from Nov. 10 to 13. 

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Sharpen Up: December 6, 2021 | Sabres to practice today at KeyBank Center

Okposo extended point streak in loss on Saturday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres will return to practice today following Saturday's 6-2 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. 

Kyle Okposo extended his point streak to six games (2+5), but the team lost newly acquired goaltender Malcolm Subban to injury at the halfway point of the third period. 

Stay tuned for any updates head coach Don Granato has today after practice. 

Buffalo will face Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night at KeyBank Center. Tickets are on sale now. 

To watch the game from home, you'll need a subscription to ESPN+ or Hulu. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call on WGR 550.

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Sabres focused on cleaning up chances against following loss to Canes

Subban exits early in 6-2 loss.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Teuvo Teravainen found open ice in the slot and buried a one-time shot just 2:16 into the contest between the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. 

It proved to be a tone-setting moment in what ended as a 6-2 win for the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. 

"This is a noisy building and the first one, for me, was too easy," Sabres coach Don Granato said. "You're on the road and you give up an easy one to start, you're not getting that back from the adrenaline in the building. It's going now. That impacted opening the game up a little more maybe than it should've." 

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At The Final Horn | Subban leaves debut early as Sabres fall to Canes

Goaltender forced out midway through 3rd period with apparent injury in 6-2 loss

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Malcolm Subban's debut for the Buffalo Sabres ended prematurely Saturday night. 

The goaltender, acquired in a trade with Chicago on Thursday, left the 6-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena midway through the third period. During a stoppage in play, he headed to the dressing room with the team's trainer.  

He had stopped 19 of 25 shots to that point and was replaced by Aaron Dell, who stopped four shots in the game's final 10:03. 

Henri Jokiharju and Zemgus Girgensons scored for Buffalo. 

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen scored twice while Martin Necas, Ian Cole, Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter potted goals as well. Antti Raanta stopped 32 of 34 shots. 

Buffalo was 1-for-3 on the man advantage and did not have to kill a penalty, although they did give up a shorthanded goal during a five-minute power play.

Carolina has now won its last 11 games against Buffalo. The Sabres are 0-7-4 against the Hurricanes in that span. 

 

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