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Sharpen Up: October 24, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres had a relatively quiet weekend with only a practice on Sunday as they head into a four-games-in-six-days stretch. That will start tomorrow night when they head to Philadelphia for a 7:30 p.m. tilt against the Flyers on NBCSN. 

All of the action was in Rochester, where the Amerks, bolstered by a few call-ups, won both of their games over the weekend.

Here's what you need to know.

Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson may have had a little bit of rust to shake off heading into those Amerks games on Friday - the first taste of AHL action in their young careers. Nelson hadn't played since the opener and Fasching sat out the last two games as a healthy scratch.

They, along with Nicholas Baptiste, were sent down to Rochester on Friday in order to get a few more games in while the Sabres were off. 

Come Sunday morning, Fasching and Nelson were back at an NHL practice, having earned the recall. Each scored in Friday's game. At the conclusion of the weekend, Fasching recorded three shots on goal through two games, while Nelson doubled him up with six.

Jourdon LaBarber has the story on what they hope to come away with from the experience

We'll have even more on Rochester's weekend in tomorrow's weekly Amerks Update. 


Fresh looks

Buffalo also made some adjustments to their line combinations on Sunday. Sam Reinhart is back in the middle and Matt Moulson's play has earned him a spot on the top line with Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo.  

Moulson and Okposo had some chemistry when both were with the Islanders from 2009-13. Through four games, Moulson has a pair of goals and in every contest, has been generating chances from in and around the crease.

Brian Duff on those changes in yesterday's Sabres in :90:

 Video: Sabres in :90 (10/23/16)

These were the lines yesterday:

26 Matt Moulson - 90 Ryan O'Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo
63 Tyler Ennis - 23 Sam Reinhart - 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 27 Derek Grant - 52 Hudson Fasching

The team is battling some illness right now. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma estimates four or five players are dealing with something so we'll see if that affects today's practice attendance at all.

Video: BYLSMA: After Practice 


Fan spotlight

Thank to everyone who came out in support of our Green Team event at the North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve on Saturday. 

To join the Green Team, visit

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Clean up day!The Sabres Green Team ������ is at work at the NT Audubon Preserve on this beautiful fall day. ��

And thank to those who participated in our Halloween skate on Saturday. We saw some really creative costumes as All Hallows' Eve quickly approaches. If you have kids who don't want to miss out on these types of events, get more info on a SabreKidz Club Premium Membership here

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: It's Halloween Skate Night with SabreKidz Club members at @KeyBankCtr. ��

Yeah, 'Tooth was pretty busy.


On tap today

After practice at KeyBank Center today, the team will head out to Philadelphia as they ready themselves for tomorrow night's game against Philadelphia. We'll have full practice coverage today here at 

We'll also have Kris Baker's weekly Sabres Prospects Report for you later this morning.  

And also, don't forget that our next home game - Thursday against Minnesota - is our Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Click here for more details on how you can be a part of this special night.

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