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Sharpen Up: November 11, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres are back at it tonight against the New Jersey Devils and we're also hosting Military Appreciation Night on this fine Veterans Day. 

It's not too late for both current and former military personnel to take advantage of a special ticket offer for tonight's game. Click here for more details.

Here's what you need to know.

Yesterday after practice, the players stopped by to visit veterans around town. A few players toured the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, which is operated by veterans. 

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Meeting with 98-year-old WWII Vet Joe Lombardo of Buffalo ����Military Appreciation Night is tomorrow:

Another group of players went to the VA Hospital to meet with vets.
Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Meeting with veterans at VA Hospital. #ThankYouForYourService ����

More information on what else will be happening tonight can be found here. If you're coming to the game, be sure to be in your seats early as we will be honoring our military with a few pregame ceremonies.


Lineup news

Video: Sabres in :90 (11/10/16)

Robin Lehner, who showed off a special military-themed goalie mask, announced that Anders Nilsson will start in goal tonight. The plan is for Lehner to be back between the pipes in the second half of the home-and-home series tomorrow.
 Video: LEHNER: After Practice

Tyler Ennis underwent surgery on his groin and will miss at least a few weeks. It's an injury he's been trying to play through, but Sabres coach Dan Bylsma sat him during the third period of Monday's game because of it. 

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice

Ryan O'Reilly missed practice due to an injury. He did not play on Wednesday and is considered day to day. With O'Reilly out, Derek Grant's responsibilities have increased. Jourdon LaBarber has more on Grant's expanded role.

Dmitry Kulikov was also absent from yesterday's practice. Justin Falk has been recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL) so we'll have to see if he'll play tonight and if so, on which pair. 

Falk has played nine games for the Amerks this season, logging a plus-3 rating. He signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so if he dresses tonight, it'll be his first game as a Sabre. In 171 career NHL games, Falk has recorded 23 points (2+21) and 151 penalty minutes.


On tap today

We'll have full pregame and postgame coverage, as you've come to expect. We'll have updates from the morning skate and game previews you can both read and watch.

Then join us at 6:30 p.m. for the TOPS Gamenight pregame show at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

Like we said, these two teams will be back at it again tomorrw in Newark. Puck drop on Saturday will also be at 7 p.m. with the pregame show on MSG kicking off at 6:30.

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