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Five Things to Know as Sabres visit Edmonton Oilers

CALGARY – The victory was fun. Now the Sabres have to show they can do it again.

Here are Five Things to Know as Buffalo visits the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

1. Go for two

The Sabres started their three-game swing through western Canada with a 2-1 overtime victory in Calgary on Monday. It was a complete team effort, the kind that has been lacking all season.

"This is how we've got to be every single game," defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen said. "We've got to learn from the past. We can't have up and downs."

The Sabres have won two games in a row just once this season. It came way back in October when they knocked off the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

Buffalo flew to Edmonton following the victory over the Flames and will not have a morning skate. Coach Phil Housley will provide lineup updates from Rogers Place at approximately 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. The puck drops at 9 p.m.

2. Jack is on fire

The celebration was mighty for center Jack Eichel after he ripped home the winner with 1:30 gone in overtime. It was a deserved celebration.

Eichel extended his point streak to six games, giving him four goals and 10 points during the run. Going back further, Eichel has 11 goals and 21 points in his last 15 games.

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The consistency is important for Eichel, who had seven shots on 13 attempts against the Flames.

"That's a big thing here is putting together 60 minutes," said Eichel, who was pleased to erase the sting of Saturday's 7-1 loss to Dallas. "It was definitely a response and one that we needed."

Eichel is on pace for 33 goals and 79 points while clicking with linemates Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo.

3. Ristolainen is hot

The Sabres need their defensemen to provide offense, and Ristolainen is delivering. He put the pass on Eichel's stick for the one-timer, giving him seven assists and 10 points in the last 10 games.

Buffalo also leaned on Ristolainen even more than usual. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu left with a possible concussion just 3:11 into the game, leaving the Sabres with only five defensemen. Ristolainen skated 32:26, the fourth-highest total of his career.

Ristolainen is fourth in the NHL at 26:17 per game.

4. Edmonton will look for a quick start

The Oilers have been off since beating Vancouver, 5-2, Saturday, a victory that extended their winning streak to three games and improved their record to 21-23-3.

The rested squad will look to jump on the Sabres. Edmonton is 13-4-2 when scoring first, 10-1 when leading after one period and 12-0 when leading after two.

Buffalo is 4-20-4 when allowing the first goal, but it got one of the wins against the Flames by tying it just 24 seconds after Calgary opened the scoring.

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5. The dirty work

Like the Sabres (12-26-9), the season hasn't gone as expected in Edmonton. Still, the Oilers do some things right.

They lead the NHL with 1,251 hits. They rank eighth in blocked shots, paced by defenseman Kris Russell, who leads the league with 139. The Oilers are fifth in the NHL with 34.2 shots on net per game and rank ninth with just 30.6 against.

And, of course, they have Connor McDavid. He has a four-game point streak, putting up a goal and five assists. The center ranks 10th in the NHL with 53 points on 15 goals and 38 assists. He's tied for second in the NHL in even-strength points with 39. Eichel is tied for ninth with 34.

"I don't really know how many comparisons have continued to be made here," Eichel said. "I'm just trying to do my thing and become the best player I can be."

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