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Sharpen Up: April 7, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

It's the final day of practice for the Sabres and they'll take the ice at HarborCenter this morning before leaving for their final road trip of the season. 

Here's what you need to know.

Jourdon LaBarber and Brian Duff will be at practice for you today so you'll have all the latest news. We'll check on injury updates and any other lineup changes that may be in store. The team had a scheduled day off yesterday. 

Buffalo plays the Panthers tomorrow at 7 p.m. and closes out the season on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Tampa Bay. We'll have full gameday coverage for you this weekend and be sure to be watching the pregame shows on MSG a half hour before puck drop each evening. 


Prospects update

The team has announced that Brendan Guhle has been assigned to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Guhle, Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, combined to produce 33 points (15+18) in 47 WHL games for the Prince Albert Raiders and Prince George Cougars this season. The Edmonton, Alberta native also added six assists in six playoff games for the Cougars.

Rochester has three games in three days this weekend, starting tonight at home against Hershey.

And no Sabres prospects will be competing for the NCAA National Championship this year as both Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen and Harvard forward Sean Malone were bounced in their respective semifinal games last night.

Kris Baker will have more on those games later this morning here at And we'll have our full Sabres Prospects Report again on Monday.  

Final Beyond Blue and Gold

Our last Beyond Blue and Gold of the season of the 2016-17 season will air during the first intermission of Sunday's broadcast. 

We take a behind-the-scenes look at captain Brian Gionta's 1,000th NHL game and the support he's gotten from his family. It's a 10-minute tearjerker and we'll have a teaser for you today on both The Instigators and on our social media channels. 


Fan Appreciation Goes Digital

Fans tuned in to MSG for the team's final two road games against the Florida Panthers on April 8 and against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 9 will have a chance to win prizes throughout both broadcasts when Fan Appreciation Night Goes Digital.

Registered My One Buffalo members will be able to access a form to enter the contest to win a variety of prizes including:

  • An overnight stay package from Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter
  • Two (2) round-trip tickets courtesy of Delta Air Lines
  • Four (4) 200 Club-level tickets for Sabres 2017-18 home opener
  • $200 Key Possibilities gift card, courtesy of KeyBank
  • (716) Food and Sport VIP Happy Hour for you and 11 guests
  • Sabres prize pack (including an autographed jersey, stick and puck)

To participate in this contest, fans can find a FAN Goes Digital tile under the My Tickets area of the app. Winners will be announced by Brian Duff during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG.

On tap today

In addition to practice coverage, the Frozen Four update and the #G1000nta BBG teaser, we'll also have the final regular-season blog from Dan Dunleavy. Big day over here, right?

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