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Grant's three points lead Sabres in OT win over Sens

Baptiste makes most of opportunity; Lehner looks sharp in preseason debut

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

If you had thought about what the storyline might end up being prior to Buffalo's preseason home opener on Tuesday night, you probably wouldn't have considered Derek Grant. Kyle Okposo was making his Sabres debut, and Tyler Ennis was playing in his first game since ending last season early with a concussion. Robin Lehner was also making his first start since a season-ending injury, and against his former team at that. 

Yet there was Grant, forcing his name into the conversation yet again with a three-point performance in his own Sabres debut. He scored a goal and an assist in regulation and then set up Jake McCabe's game-winning goal in overtime in a 3-2 win for the Sabres over the Ottawa Senators, only the latest installment in a series of good impressions that he's has made in his short time in Buffalo.

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Canada takes 1-0 lead in World Cup Final

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Team Canada's top line carried the load to help the World Cup of Hockey host take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three final over Team Europe on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre. Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron each recorded two points in the 3-1 victory. 

 

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Lehner ready to play full game in preseason tilt

Buffalo and Ottawa will sqaure off at 7 p.m. at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It may only be a preseason game, but that isn't going to stop Robin Lehner's competitive juices from flowing. The Buffalo Sabres goaltender last saw game action on March 16 before undergoing season-ending ankle surgery. 

But now he's back, in great physical shape, and ready to start Buffalo's preseason home opener against the Ottawa Senators. He's planning on playing the full 60 minutes.

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Sharpen Up: September 27, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

One down, six preseason games to go. And Game No. 2 is tonight. It's another game night, this time at KeyBank Center where the Sabres will face the Ottawa Senators. Here's what you need to know.

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Sabres fall to Wild on late goal at Penn State

Girgensons scores, Nilsson impressive in first preseason game

by Jourdon LaBarber @JourdonLaBarber / Sabres.com

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - With scoring chances abound, a large lead in shots and some solid play in net, there was plenty to like about the Sabres' first game of the preseason against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The only thing that didn't end up on their side was the score - 2-1 in favor of Minnesota.

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Sabres announce preseason broadcast schedule

All games will be on WGR 550, 4 preseason games to air on TV

by Press Release @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the broadcast schedule for the team's 2016 preseason games. All seven preseason games will be broadcast live on WGR 550 and the Sept. 30 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be broadcast live on television with Rick Jeanneret providing play-by-play on MSG. 

In addition, the Sept. 27 game against the Ottawa Senators and Sept. 29 matchup against the Maple Leafs will be shown on MSG using a simulcast of the TSN feed for both contests. Furthermore, the Sabres' Oct. 4 showdown with the Carolina Hurricanes will be live on NBCSN from Marquette, Michigan. Marquette was named Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2016 in April, and was awarded the preseason game in Lakeview Arena.

A full broadcast schedule for the team's preseason schedule can be found below:
    
 

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Sabres return 6 to junior clubs

by Press Release @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has returned forwards Vasily Glotov, Brandon Hagel and Cliff Pu, as well as defensemen Vojtech Budik, Austin Osmanski and Devante Stephens, to their respective junior clubs. 

 

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Nylander to make preseason debut against Wild

Reinhart and Kane remain linemates; Eichel to return to practice on Tuesday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Monday night will be a night of firsts for the Buffalo Sabres. It's the first game of the preseason both for them and for their opponent, the Minnesota Wild, in the first-ever NHL contest held at Penn State University. 

It's also the first NHL game for Alexander Nylander, Buffalo's first-round draft pick this summer. After skating with Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane through the first three days of practice, Nylander will play on a line with Cal O'Reilly and Cole Schneider against Minnesota.

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Sharpen Up: September 26, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

What do you need to know? It's a game day. What else is there? Well, a few more things, actually. Grab your morning coffee, ride the good vibes of that Bills win, and let's get going.

We'll kick off the first Monday edition of Sharpen Up with what you can expect from us here at Sabres.com:

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Girgensons eager to prove he's back after down season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When he came into camp a year ago, Zemgus Girgensons was coming off a season to be proud of, one in which he put up 30 points (15+15) in only 61 games and was voted into his first All-Star Game. At age 21 and with a better supporting cast around him, it was hard to imagine he'd go anywhere but up.

As last season wore on, however, he never did find the same offensive consistency. His point total dipped to 18 (7+11) despite playing in 10 more games than he had the year prior. Quite frankly, he says, it was a disappointing season.

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