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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on December 4, 2019

Buffalo will practice today before heading out to Calgary

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

After practice today, the Sabres will head west for a three-game trip through the Pacific Division. 

They'll play the Calgary Flames tomorrow night, the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Buffalo's next home game will be on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Here's what you need to know. 


Tuesday's practice

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From the Ice Level Practice Report…

Evan Rodrigues was back on the ice for practice with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, his first skate with the team since he sustained a lower-body injury in Florida on Nov. 25. 

Rodrigues has missed five games in the interim, though his absence may not extend much longer. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said he expects the forward to be ready to play at some point on the team's upcoming road trip in Western Canada, which begins Thursday in Calgary.

"He looked good today," Krueger said. "I still haven't gotten feedback from the medical team, but he looked like he was moving quite naturally and the prep to get him here has been successful. We expect that he will be available during this trip."

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

With Rodrigues back in the mix, the Sabres assigned forward Curtis Lazar to Rochester prior to practice. Lazar tallied one goal and averaged 8:51 of ice time in six games for Buffalo. 

Rodrigues said he was beginning to feel his game come on at the time of his injury, which occurred during his first shift of the night against the Panthers. He had dressed in seven straight games after moving in and out of the lineup through the first month of the season.

"It felt like my feet were back under me and I was using my speed a lot handling the puck," Rodrigues said. "I just had a lot of confidence. Obviously, it wasn't great timing. But it healed up pretty quick, which was nice."

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Skills Challenge tickets are on sale now

Video: Skills Challenge Highlights

Join us for the second annual Sabres Skills Challenge presented by New Era Cap on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at KeyBank Center.

Current Sabres players will be divided into two teams to compete against each other in an All-Star style event designed for fans of all ages. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

The teams will participate in five different competitions:

• Hardest Shot presented by Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
• Accuracy Showdown presented by KeyBank
• Puck Control Relay presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
• Power Play Challenge presented by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
• Shootout Challenge presented by New Era Cap
• Passing Challenge presented by LECOM

Tickets will be available for $10 and can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. by clicking here.  

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