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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

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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O'Reilly, Canada advance to World Cup Final

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

A few weeks ago, it looked like Ryan O'Reilly wasn't going to play in the World Cup of Hockey at all. Now, he's got a chance to win the whole thing.

O'Reilly and Team Canada earned a 5-3 win over his new Sabres teammate Dmitry Kulikov and Team Russia on Saturday night to advance to the best-of-three Final. They'll play the winner of Sunday's Semifinal matchup between Europe and Sweden.

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Guhle taking second camp one day at a time

Schneider, Grant impress again at scrimmage; Nylander shows off his skating ability

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It seems the long summer was well spent by most - if not all - of the Sabres players. Tyler Ennis, Sam Reinhart, and Cody Franson are among the faces that have come to camp noticeably stronger than they were at the end of last season.

Another name you can add to that list is Brendan Guhle, who was pinpointed by fellow defenseman Jake McCabe on Friday as a player who looks entirely different than he did at camp a year ago.

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Sabres take the ice for first day of practice

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Much like when they opened camp a year ago, the Sabres were treated to high-tempo, fast-paced practices along with a scrimmage on Friday. But unlike a year ago, when many of the players were unfamiliar with each other and all were unfamiliar with coach Dan Bylsma, there was little they didn't expect.

"I know a lot of us, even the younger guys that just did the prospects tournament and everything, were all familiar with the drills so that's kind of why it can be high-tempo," defenseman Jake McCabe said. "We know what we're doing out there so let's get in the corners, get the pucks going, let's get after it."

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Franson looks to rebound from "scary" injury

With a new number and a new physique, Cody Franson is looking to leave his difficult 2015-16 in the past.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Looking at Cody Franson as he skated during the first day of on-ice work at training camp for the Sabres, you can see a few obvious differences from a year ago. He's leaner and stronger, for example, which is the product of a summer spent working to become faster and more explosive. 

There's also the number on his back, which has changed from 46 to 6. He took 46 last season having few other options after signing late in the summer. There were no tears shed when he had the opportunity to leave that number behind and switch to the one he wore while coming up in junior hockey.

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