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Sharpen Up: October 19, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sa

Buffalo is back home for practice today as they ready themselves for tomorrow night's match against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday at KeyBank Center. 

The Sabres went 1-2-1 on the four-game trip that saw them beat the Anaheim Ducks and earn a point in their first-ever game in Vegas. 

Here's what you need to know.

Coach Phil Housley said in his weekly appearance this morning on WGR 550 that the coaching staff will be evaluating the entire lineup heading into today's practice at HarborCenter. 

Buffalo rallied back on Tuesday against the Golden Knights, scoring three times in the third, including twice in the final two minutes to force overtime. However, they fell in overtime. Despite earning the point, the fact they started out slow and fell behind early did not sit well with Housley. 

Video: Postgame: HOUSLEY

"I think it's just unacceptable the way we approached the game," Housley said after the game. "We had a chance to build on something and I know this is a process, but the process was a little broken tonight. Our lack of preparation and accountability, and urgency to start the game the way we finished was lacking."

Stay tuned for full practice coverage from HarborCenter. Jourdon will provide you with the Ice Level Report while Duffer will bring the heat with Sabres Now.
 

Injury update

Zemgus Girgensons left the game in his second shift of Tuesday's game when we blocked a shot on the penalty kill in the first period. 

"It's just a blocked shot. It's a day-to-day thing for him. It's tough," Housley said this morning on WGR. "Our PK did a tremendous job in the first two periods of that game - and just guys putting themselves in front of pucks and blocking shots. That's a lot of the PK but it's unfortunate that it hit Z in the lower-body area where there isn't a lot of padding. 

"Everything's OK with him and he'll just be a day-to-day decision at this point."

The Sabres were also without Jacob Josefson, who missed Tuesday's game due to a lower-body injury sustained on Sunday in Anaheim. Defenseman Zach Bogosian stayed behind on the trip while he recovers from a lower-body injury of his own. Justin Falk (undisclosed injury) and Evan Rodrigues (hand) are currently on injured reserve.


Jersey auction happening now

The Sabres announced yesterday that the team is holding a game-worn jersey auction.. The auction will be held at Sabres.com/Auctions until Sunday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

The jerseys available for bidding include set three of the game-worn home and road jerseys from the 2016-17 season, highlighted by Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly. This set will also include the NHL 100th Anniversary sleeve patch logo. All jerseys will come with a certificate of authenticity.

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