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Sabres recall Subban, loan Luukkonen to Rochester

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from the Rochester Americans, the team announced Friday. Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been loaned to Rochester. 

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Sharpen Up: December 3, 2021 | Sabres head to Carolina for next game

Buffalo takes on Hurricanes on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have up six unanswered goals last night in a 7-4 road loss to the Florida Panthers. They'll look to move on with a practice in Raleigh, North Carolina today before taking on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Catch the game on MSG and WGR 550, where Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call. Pregame coverage on MSG starts at 7. 

Lots of news that you may have missed.

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Early lead slips in up-tempo loss to Panthers

Mittelstadt scores in return to lineup

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - Don Granato said pregame that he expected an up-tempo contest between his young Buffalo Sabres and the high-scoring Florida Panthers on Thursday.

The two teams delivered, but it was the Panthers who overcame a strong early push from the Sabres to earn a 7-4 victory. They improved to 13-1-0 at FLA Live Arena this season. 

Florida trailed 3-0 and 4-1 before finishing with six unanswered goals, the last two of which were scored into an empty net with goaltender Aaron Dell pulled for an extra attacker.

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At The Final Horn | Sabres unable to withstand Panthers comeback

Mittelstadt scores 1st of season has he returns from injury in road loss

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres led 3-0 and 4-1 on Thursday, but the Florida Panthers wouldn't go away, scoring six answered goals to ultimately hand the Sabres a 7-4 loss at FLA Live Arena. 

Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice for Buffalo, and Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittelstadt also tallied. 

Hinostroza had his first multi-goal game since he recorded a hat trick on March 14, 2019 when he was with Arizona. 

Mittelstadt skated 19:07 in his return to the lineup while scoring his first of the year. He sustained an upper-body injury in the season opener and was forced to miss the past 21 games.

Kyle Okposo recorded an assist to extend his point streak to five games (2+4). 

Sabres goaltender Aaron Dell made 38 saves on 43 shots.

Aaron Ekblad and Anton Lundell each scored twice for Florida. The Panthers also received goals from Lucas Carlsson, Sam Reinhart and Jonathan Huberdeau. 

Sergei Bobrovsky started for Florida and made eight saves on 12 shots. After Buffalo's fourth goal in the second period, Spencer Knight replaced Bobrovsky in net. Knight stopped all 19 shots he faced in 28:35 of action.

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Panthers

Dell to start in goal, Luukkonen to serve as back up

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Aaron Dell will start in goal for the Buffalo Sabres against the Florida Panthers tonight at BB&T Center, coach Don Granato announced.

Dustin Tokarski entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol prior to the game. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been recalled from Rochester and will back up Dell. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. The puck drops at 7. 

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Tokarski placed in NHL's COVID-19 protocol

Luukkonen recalled from Rochester

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Goaltender Dustin Tokarski has been placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. 

The Sabres have recalled goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Rochester Americans and activated forward Casey Mittelstadt off injured reserve.

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Prospects Update | After year off, Bloom blossoming for Saginaw

Multiple Sabres prospects riding point streaks this week

by Kurt Haumesser @KurtHaumesser88 / Sabres.com

This week's Prospects Update checks in on Josh Bloom, Tyler Kozak, Owen Power and Devon Levi.

Saginaw Spirit center Josh Bloom has been red hot for his OHL club this season. 

Currently on a six-game point streak, the third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft has netted six goals and added seven assists to his season total. Bloom now leads the Spirit in goals (15), assists (11) and points (26) through 18 games this season. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020-21 OHL season, Bloom, 18, did not play at all last year.

"I took advantage of the time I was given during quarantine to get in the gym and on the ice," Bloom said. "I wouldn't say I'm a different player, but more developed and much more comfortable this year than I was just a of couple years ago."

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Sabres acquire goaltender Malcolm Subban from Chicago

Subban is currently playing with Rockford of the AHL

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired goaltender Malcolm Subban from the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations, the team announced Thursday. 

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Sharpen Up: December 2, 2021 | Sabres face Panthers on the road tonight

Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on MSG

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres will go up against two of the top teams in the NHL this weekend, starting with tonight's road game against the Florida Panthers. 

Florida is currently second in the NHL with 33 points through 22 games. They're 12-1-0 this year at home and are coming off a dramatic comeback win over Washington on Tuesday. 

Faceoff from FLA Live Arena is set for 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550. Dan and Rayzor have the call. Pregame coverage with Duffer and Marty starts at 6:30 on MSG.

Buffalo will then play the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in Raleigh. With 31 points, Carolina is fifth in the NHL, but with a .738 points percentage, they're third. 

The Sabres' next home game is Tuesday against Anaheim at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. The only way to watch the game if you're not at KeyBank Center is to have a subscription to ESPN+ or Hulu.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Mittelstadt to return to lineup Thursday in Florida

Forward has been out since opening night with upper-body injury

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - Casey Mittelstadt will return to the Sabres lineup when they open a two-game road trip against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, coach Don Granato announced.

Mittelstadt sustained an upper-body injury midway through Buffalo's regular-season opener against Montreal. He began skating with the team last Wednesday and has spent the last two practices centering a line with Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Asplund.

"It's obviously been nice to be back with the boys and get in some practice and have some contact," he said. "Get your timing back a little bit. Obviously, there's going to be a little bit of that done in the game, but yeah, I'm excited. I've been chomping at the bit for a while now. I'm definitely excited."

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