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Sharpen Up: November 9, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo practiced yesterday and received some good news in the form of a few players take part in full. Nathan Beaulieu, Josh Gorges and Justin Bailey were full participants and are trending toward making their respective returns to the lineup.

The Sabres will practice again later today (full coverage coming up) as they ready themselves for tomorrow night's game against the Florida Panthers. It'll be Military Appreciation Night (get your tickets here… and a special offer for military personnel can be found here) and we have all the details for you here at

Here's what you need to know.


Injury updates

Video: Sabres Now (11/8/17)

From the Ice Level Practice Report by Jourdon (and check the link for even more news)....

With two days separating the Sabres from their next game, at home against Florida on Friday, the light session also served as an opportunity for three injured players to acclimate to being back on the ice with the team. Defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and Josh Gorges both skated with the team for the second day in a row, while Justin Bailey made his return after missing the last three games.

The impending return of Beaulieu and Gorges adds some much-needed depth to the Sabres defense corps, which has also been without Zach Bogosian since the start of the regular season and more recently lost Rasmus Ristolainen and Matt Tennyson, both of whom are day-to-day. 

Gorges, who has missed the last eight games due to a lower-body injury, said that he feels he's back to game shape.

"I feel ready, that is now up to the coaching staff and what they feel is best," he said. "I put myself in a position to train hard and got myself feeling good again, so no questions on my part."

Video: After Practice: HOUSLEY

It was a light practice for the Sabres following the victory, and Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo were each given maintenance days. 

"Typically, they drive that themselves in their game the night before," coach Phil Housley said. "I thought they worked really hard so we kept it a little bit lighter and tried to work on the offensive part of their game."


Military Appreciation Night is tomorrow

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The annual event is dedicated to honoring both current and former members of our nation's armed forces and will feature several tributes throughout the night.

The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a Sabres-themed military dog tag.

As a salute to the military, Sabres players will wear special camouflage jerseys during warm-ups. The jerseys will be auctioned on from Wednesday, Nov. 8 starting at 5 p.m. to Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, which consistently supports veterans programs.

Sabres alternate captains Ryan O'Reilly and Zach Bogosian will donate a suite to members of the Coast Guard for the game. Those Coast Guard members will be invited down for a meet-and-greet with the players following the game. The Sabres will also donate more than 200 tickets and an additional five suites to military organizations. Sabres players will also do a meet-and-greet with children of military families after their morning skate, families will also be invited to the game. 

The Sabres will offer all active, reserve, National Guard and retired military personnel the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Buffalo Creek 300 Level for $25.

These tickets can be ordered at

Military members will also receive a 25 percent discount at the Sabres Store the day of the game. 

Before the game, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will display military vehicles in Alumni Plaza. The Blue Aces Air Force band will play pre-game in the 100 level pavilion and lead singer, Christina Bagley, will perform the anthems.

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation also sponsored a Sabres Military Appreciation trip to Washington D.C. With help from Veterans One-Stop Center, the Sabres took veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to tour the Washington D.C. monuments and Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. Accompanying the veterans on the trip were Sabres alumni Danny Gare and Rene Robert. We'll have more on that in the coming days. 

Sabres players also visited the Coast Guard Station on Furhmann Boulevard after practice yesterday.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Visiting with @uscoastguard. ���� Thanks for all that you do & for taking us out on the water! We hope you enjoy Friday���s game. #MilitaryAppreciation

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation will also be donating $7,500 to the Buffalo Blues Benefit for Veterans at the Cove on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 8-9 p.m. Sabres alumni will be in attendance for the benefit. Tickets to the benefit are $10 at the door and more information can be found at All proceeds for the Buffalo Blues Benefit for Veterans will go to the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition

In addition to Military Appreciation Night, the Sabres are hosting two programs throughout the 2017-18 season to honor local military members. Matt Moulson will continue to host a veteran each home game with free seats as part of the Tickets for Troops program. The Original Pizza Logs are also donating tickets and honoring a local veteran on the ice during the national anthems at each home game. Military members can sign up for the programs here.


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