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Sharpen Up: September 19, 2019

Montour to miss remainder of preseason; Pekar assigned to Barrie

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

After a day off, the Sabres are back to work for practice today. Will we see some new line combinations and defensive pairings from coach Ralph Krueger as Phase 2 of training camp begins? We'll see.

Here's what you need to know.


Injury updates

The Sabres announced some injury news this morning. 

Defenseman Brandon Montour, who left Tuesday's preseason game midway through the third period, will miss the rest of the preseason due to a hand injury. The team will provide an update on his status at the conclusion of training camp.

Forward Scott Wilson and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald are both day-to-day with lower-body injuries. 

The team is scheduled to take the ice at KeyBank Center at around 10 a.m. for the first of two practice sessions. 

Believe it or not, we're just two weeks from the first game of the regular season. Buffalo will play in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3. 


Pekar assigned to Barrie

The Sabres assigned forward Matej Pekar to the Barrie Colts (OHL) on Wednesday, bringing the number of players on the training camp roster to 51. 

Pekar skated 13:42 and recorded three shots and four hits in Tuesday night's preseason game at Columbus. He'll return for his second campaign in Barrie, where he tallied 36 points (14+22) in 33 games before a broken collarbone brought last season to an early end. 

The 19-year-old signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres last October after the team drafted him in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

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