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Criscuolo to make NHL debut in Buffalo's 1st game at Little Caesars Arena

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

DETROIT - After a little over a year in the Detroit Red Wings organization that included a Calder Cup championship with their AHL affiliate, Kyle Criscuolo will make his NHL debut tonight in Detroit. But he'll be do so wearing a Buffalo Sabres uniform. 

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Sharpen Up: November 17, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

A stretch of six games in nine days for the Sabres begins tonight in Detroit, where they'll face the Red Wings for the second time this season and the first at Little Caesars Arena. The Sabres previously beat the Red Wings 1-0 in Buffalo on Oct. 24. 

Coverage tonight begins at 7 p.m. with GMC Gamenight on MSG-B, or you can listen live on WGR 550. Puck drop is set for 7:30. 

Here's what you need to know on this Friday morning. 

 

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Sabres assign Baptiste to Rochester

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Nicholas Baptiste to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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Criscuolo's hard work pays off with first career recall

Fedun out 6-8 weeks; Nelson recalled

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When Kyle Criscuolo made the decision to sign with the Sabres as a free agent during the offseason, it wasn't because he felt he had an open door to an NHL roster spot. What he did know after speaking with general manager Jason Botterill, however, was that he'd have an honest chance to work his way up. 

"I think everyone was pretty honest with me," Criscuolo said. "They didn't promise me anything. They said you can try to earn your spot and work your way up from Rochester, be one of the top nine guys in Rochester and then try to make it to the next level and earn your way up."

As it turns out, proving himself didn't take long at all. Criscuolo earned his first career recall to the NHL on Thursday morning and practiced with the Sabres ahead of their trip to Detroit, where they'll face his former organization on Friday night. 

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A message from Karin Housley

Karin Housley, wife of Sabres coach Phil, shares a personal message as Hockey Fights Cancer Night approaches

by Karin Housley @KarinHousley / Sabres.com

We've heard it many times: The hockey community is one big family. And we are. So when cancer hits one of our family, whether it's a player, fan, coach, trainer, owner, fan, employee or family member, we are there to support. 

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Sharpen Up: November 16, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Some roster moves to start your day. The Sabres have recalled forward Kyle Criscuolo and defenseman Casey Nelson from the Rochester Americans. 

Criscuolo, who signed a two-year deal with Buffalo in July, is tied for the Amerks lead in points with 11 (5+6) in 14 games. It's the first recall of his career.

Buffalo will practice this morning and then head out to Detroit for their game tomorrow night against the Red Wings so we'll see where Criscuolo and Nelson could slot in.

Here's what you need to know. 

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Sabres recall Criscuolo, Nelson from Amerks

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward Kyle Criscuolo (krihs-KOH-loh) and defenseman Casey Nelson from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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#Duffalo: Sharing positive messages in hockey and in life

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

ON ICE

With two games remaining this week, the Sabres will close out their first 20-game segment under first-year head coach Phil Housley.

After a winless-in-five start (0-4-1), the most recent games have produced a record of 5-5-3.

How different would it feel if they had secured a point or more from: 
-A 3-2 loss versus San Jose at home, in which they led 2-1 after 39 minutes?
-A 1-1- game versus Florida at home after 40 minutes?

Or two points from:
-A winnable game in Montreal, in which they led going into the third period.
-A winnable game in Pittsburgh, in which they led going into the third period.

Four more points seems reasonable.
Six more points would have been ideal.

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Sharpen Up: November 15, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo was in the driver's seat heading into the third period last night, but the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied back to win 5-4 in overtime at PPG Paints Arena.

The Sabres received goals from Evander Kane, Sam Reinhart (who had a three-point night with the goal and a pair of assists), Jack Eichel and Benoit Pouliot. Robin Lehner made 40 saves in net. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres cite change in mentality as reason for OT loss in Pittsburgh

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

PITTSBURGH - Through two periods on Tuesday night, the Buffalo Sabres went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions and never seemed to blink. When the Pittsburgh Penguins punched, the Sabres punched back, sometimes literally and other times by finding the back of the net. 

It all added up to a 4-3 lead heading into the third period. What happened next stemmed from an overall shift in the team's mindset, at least in the opinions of the players who spoke following the game.

"First two periods I thought we tried to take it to them, third period we sat back and let them take it to us," Sabres forward Jack Eichel said. "We played scared to lose and not to win. They're a good hockey team. We knew we were going to get a hard push."

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