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Sharpen Up: October 27, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres return to practice this morning. They'll play the San Jose Sharks tomorrow afternoon at KeyBank Center. It's a 1 p.m. faceoff. 

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Here's what you need to know.

The Sabres were off yesterday after back-to-back games against Detroit (a 1-0 win at home on Tuesday) and Columbus (a 5-1 loss at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday). That also wrapped up a busy stretch of four games in six days.

The Sharks will be wrapping up a five-game road trip when they come to town. They lost to the Bruins 2-1 in Boston on Thursday and are 2-2-0 so far on the trip.

As you may recall, San Jose beat Buffalo 3-2 earlier this month in California. 

We'll check in later this morning on any practice updates that may reveal themselves. Jourdon will have the Ice Level Practice Report and Duffer will have Sabres Now.

Zemgus Girgensons returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing the three previous games with a lower-body injury that was the result of a blocked shot on the penalty kill. He played 14:37 in Columbus ona line with center Sam Reinhart and right wing Kyle Okposo.

Also, Zach Redmond also made his Sabre debut on Wednesday. From the Lexus Postgame Report by Jourdon:

It was his first NHL game since Jan. 21, when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. 

Redmond made a turnover on the breakout that could have proven costly in the first period, but responded well from that point on and ended the night tied for the team lead with five shots.

"Sometimes it's just one of those nights, but that was an emphasis I wanted to put on myself," he said. "That's what we had success with [in Boston], we were just putting shots on net and going to the net hard so that was kind of my game plan personally." 

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