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Sharpen Up: September 30, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Happy Friday. Happy National Hot Mulled Cider Day. The Sabres beat the Maple Leafs last night and the two clubs are back at it tonight. Here's what you need to know.

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Nilsson earns shutout in shootout win over Leafs

Moulson scores the shootout winner; Nylander comes out strong

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Anders Nilsson may not have been the busiest man in Ontario on Thursday night, but he was perfect when the Sabres needed him. That ended up including 60 minutes of regulation play, a five-minute overtime period and a four-round shootout as Buffalo earned a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Meridian Centre.

Nilsson has allowed one goal through preseason two games. He made 26 saves in two periods against Minnesota on Monday, his Sabres debut, and was impressive in two scrimmages during the first weekend of camp. Not bad for a guy acquired over the summer to serve as Buffalo's backup to Robin Lehner.

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O'Reilly, Canada win World Cup of Hockey

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The World Cup of Hockey Final was settled in dramatic fashion Thursday night with Ryan O'Reilly and Team Canada claiming the championship on home ice in a 2-1 victory over Team Europe at Air Canada Centre. 

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The Instigators premieres Tuesday on WGR 550 and MSG

Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet to co-host brand new show

by Sabres.com / NHL.com

Here's some great news for fans of local sports talk. 

On Monday, a brand new five-hour block of local programming will launch on MSG, highlighted by a simulcast of The John Murphy Show from noon-3 p.m. Then on Tuesday at 10 a.m., The Instigators presented by M P Caroll Hardwood will premiere. 

The all-new show, featuring co-hosts and Sabres alumni Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet, will cover not only the Buffalo Sabres but topics from all over the hockey world. Fans can now get their hockey fix Tuesdays through Fridays during football season by watching on MSG, listening on WGR 550 and engaging with The Instigators on social media.

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Nylander brothers to meet as Sabres face Leafs

Alex and William Nylander will play each other for the first time on Thursday.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Alexander and William Nylander have spent their lives competing at just about everything, from tennis to ping pong to golf and so on. But they've never had a chance to square off at their best sport, hockey, other than in practices or on the floor playing knee hockey.

That was bound to change once Alex was taken by the Sabres with the eighth overall selection in this summer's draft, two years after his brother was selected with the same pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs. It didn't take long, with both Nylanders expected to be in their teams' respective lineups when Buffalo meets Toronto for a preseason game tonight in St. Catharines, Ont.

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Sharpen Up: September 29, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Back-to-back games again for Buffalo, starting tonight in St. Catharines against Toronto. Who's in and who's out of the lineup? We'll find out for you after today's 10 a.m. morning skate, but for now, here's what you need to know on this cloudy Wednesday morning.

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Eichel, Kulikov return to practice for Sabres

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Practice was broken into two groups for the Sabres at KeyBank Center on Wednesday morning, and both featured players returning from the World Cup of Hockey. You had Dmitry Kulikov in the first session, participating in his first practice as a Sabre, and Jack Eichel in the second.

"The skill level of our team spiked today with both those guys on the ice," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "Jack's Jack, but to see Dmitry out there, his commanding presence, his skating ability … the ability of the D-men to get the puck up to the forwards improved today with Dmitry. It's good to see."

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Sharpen Up: September 28, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

"So who exactly is Derek Grant?" you may be asking on this Wednesday morning. He's the man who posted a goal and two assists in last night's 3-2 preseason overtime win against Ottawa. Yeah, that's right, he had a hand in every goal. 

His signing on July 2 may have flown under the radar, but he's definitely on it now after a strong first few days of training camp and Tuesday's breakout performance. 

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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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