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Sharpen Up: February 21, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's been one full day since the Sabres last played. When your head hits the pillow tonight, it will mark the first time this month that the Sabres have gone two days in a row without a game. 

In other words, if watching the Sabres has become a bi-daily routine for you during this busy month and the bye week already feels like an episode of Survivorman, we don't blame you. 

So, how do you keep busy when you can't watch the Sabres? Here are a few ideas: 

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Sharpen Up: February 20, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres enter the bye week with 62 points after 60 games and are within striking distance of a playoff spot. They're four points behind Boston with one more game played for third place in the Atlantic Division and three points back of Toronto with two more games play for the second and final Wild Card spot.

It's been a busy three weeks for the Sabres as last night's loss to Chicago wrapped up a 12-game-in-20-day stretch since the All-Star Break. They went 6-5-1 over that span that includes a 4-2-0 record over the last nine days. 

That's a lot of hockey. And although they have a few days off now, the pace doesn't lighten up much once they come back. They play seven games in 11 days after the bye, starting Saturday night at Colorado. 

It's going to be one heck of a ride. 

Here's what you need to know.

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Sharpen Up: February 19, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Coming off a big win yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres are going at it again tonight with the Chicago Blackhawks in town. It's a 6 p.m. faceoff on NBCSN. Dan and Rayzor have the call on WGR 550. 

The Sabres downed the Blues 3-2 in the Saturday afternoon affair with Evander Kane and Nicholas Baptiste both picking up a goal and an assist. Ryan O'Reilly scored what turned out to be the winner with 32 seconds left in the second period on the power play. 

It snapped St. Louis' six-game winning streak and Buffalo is now looking for its first four-game winning streak since Dec. 9 to 15, 2014.

Here's what you need to know.

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Sharpen Up: February 18, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres look for three wins in a row this afternoon. The St. Louis Blues are in town and we'll have all the action for you starting at 12:30 p.m. on the Tops Game Night pregame show on MSG. The puck drops just after 1 p.m. and you can also listen live on WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sharpen Up: February 17, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres put together back-to-back wins for the first time this month when they downed the Colorado Avalanche last night on home ice. 

Robin Lehner made 23 saves in the 2-0 shutout victory. Buffalo received goals from Sam Reinhart (with his eighth power-play goal of the season) and Evander Kane (who is 13th in the NHL with 18 even-strength goals - despite missing 12 games this year). 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sharpen Up: February 16, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Following their come-from-behind victory on Tuesday in Ottawa, the Sabres spent Wednesday away from the rink. But they'll be back at it with today's Morning Skate as they prepare for a three-game homestand this weekend that opens up tonight against Colorado. 

The Sabres and Avalanche will face off at 7:30 p.m. tonight from KeyBank Center. If you aren't coming to the game (and if you want to, get your tickets here), you can watch it on NBCSN or listen to Dan and Rayzor's call live on WGR 550. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sharpen Up: February 15, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

That's one way to earn two points. Buffalo scored twice in the third period last night to come back and beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 at Canadian Tire Centre. Justin Bailey's second-career goal proved to be the game winner. 

Here's what you need to know.

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Sharpen Up: February 14, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Tonight, the Sabres and Senators will meet for the fifth and final time this regular season when they go head to head in Ottawa. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres enter tonight's game with points in seven straight meetings with the Senators (5-0-2) for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 against Ottawa from Dec. 4, 2010 to Dec. 13, 2011. A point tonight would give them points in eight straight for the first time in the all-time series.

So that's good. 

Here's what you need to know.

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Sharpen Up: February 13, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

"It's not even disappointing anymore, it's starting to get … I'm starting to get angry," Robin Lehner said after Buffalo's 4-2 loss to Vancouver on home ice last night. "This is all talk. We've got to look ourselves in the mirror here. It's disrespectful. I think it's disrespectful when we have a game plan, we're going through things - the last few days we've just been going through on how to play our second period. 

"You know, Coach brought it up there, you know, coming up with a good game plan. We do the exact opposite. We don't do what he said. That gets me angry; I think it gets a lot of guys angry. Disrespectful, I think, is the word."

" … We haven't done anything in this League," Lehner continued later. "[Captain Brian Gionta] won a Cup. With all respect to him, he's done something in this League. The rest of us, we haven't. End of story. 

"We've got to stop thinking after we win a game we're Chicago or Boston or [whoever] we think we are, I don't know. But it's time. It's time to realize that we're a grinding hockey team that's got to follow the structure and start listening to our coach and start respecting this team and respecting our coach."

Obviously a tough one that weighed on the players after the game. We have more in last night's game recap.

Here's what you need to know.

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Sharpen Up: February 12, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo got the start they needed - a three-goal first period - and hung on the rest of the way last night in a 3-1 win at Toronto. They'll look to carry those good vibes into their game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.

Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m. tonight and if you can't make it to KeyBank Center, we'll be live on the air with the TOPS Game Night pregame show starting at 7. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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