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Sharpen Up: October 5, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

If you like shutouts then I hope you were watching last night's game. Robin Lehner was strong in net for the Sabres as they defeated Carolina 2-0 in preseason action from Marquette, Michigan. 

Lehner made 28 saves en route to the shutout. He's ramping up for the start of the regular season. So are we. Here's what you need to know.

Video: CAR@BUF: Lehner gets a pad on McGinn's shot in 2nd


Video Replay

Video: Duffer's Recap: BUF vs. CAR (10/4/16)

Let's take a look at the goals from last night.

Nicolas Deslauriers opened the scoring, putting home his own rebound on one knee.

Video: CAR@BUF: Deslauriers scores on second effort in 2nd

To make it 2-0, Sam Reinhart deflected one in from in front of the net. Based on how he scored his goals last year, where else would he be? Jack Eichel made his preseason debut and recorded the secondary assist on the goal.

Video: CAR@BUF: Reinhart doubles the lead on nice deflection

Coach Dan Bylsma after the game:

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview

Here's Robin Lehner:

Video: LENHER: Postgame Interview

"You don't want to get in his bubble. He looks awesome. Before, he was already a good goalie and now it's maybe just that little step that he needed to be really dominant. Even if he lost all that weight and just being really in shape, he still looks big and quick in there." -Deslauriers on Lehner, whom he worked out with a few times over the summer

This is the full recap.

But as you can see, Marquette, Michigan was really the star of the show last night.

Video: CAR@BUF: Marquette receives Kraft Hockeyville trophy

Video: CAR@BUF: O'Reilly, Skinner make visit to middle scool

Video: CAR@BUF: Marquette holds Kraft Hockeyville USA parade

Release the Hounds

Tonight, the Sabres and Hurricanes are back at it with another preseason contest at Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

With a few injuries up and down the lineup, Buffalo made some roster moves on Tuesday, bringing up five players from the AHL's Rochester Americans: forwards Justin Bailey, Jean Dupuy, Daniel Catenacci and Cole Schneider and defenseman Brady Austin. Schneider, Catenacci and Austin all got into last night's game and it's easy to imagine Catenacci would love to play in this particular back-to-back set. 

He, Bailey and Dupuy all played for Sault Ste. Marie back in their junior hockey days so tonight's game will have extra meaning if any of them are in the lineup.  

Wait, you didn't know those guys were Greyhounds? You shouldn't get caught not knowing something like that again. Follow the future Sabres currently in the junior, NCAA and European ranks with Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report. It'll run each Monday here on and if you missed it the other day, here's the first edition of the new season again.


On Tap Today

Our written Morning Skate Report will be provided by Jourdon LaBarber, where you can find lineup news and notes after Buffalo's practice. Brian Duff will have your video preview.  
We may hear from Ryan O'Reilly, who will skate in his first preseason game of the season. If you recall, he spent the bulk of training camp beating everyone at the World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada.

Then saddle up for the 7 p.m. faceoff as Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray have the call at 7 p.m. on WGR 550. Stick with us after the game for postgame coverage including recaps and locker room interviews.

Buffalo closes out the preseason on Friday in Ottawa and then we're less than a week from the start of the season on Oct. 13. Crazy, huh?

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