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Sharpen Up: September 17, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know before Buffalo's preseason game in Columbus tonight

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo is in Columbus tonight for the second preseason game of the season. Jack Eichel potted the winner in overtime last night as the Sabres beat Pittsburgh. 

The game will be streamed live on starting at 7 p.m. within the Sabres' local broadcast market. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will also have the call on WGR 550. 

Here's what you need to know.


Game Night!

Here's the roster for tonight's game. Expect something completely different. 

Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger will go with an entirely new group of players for the team's preseason game tonight. 

Of the 21 players set to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, 14 of them suited up for Buffalo or Rochester last season and five players (Jean-Sebastien Dea, Kyle Olson, Arttu Ruotsalainen, Henri Jokiharju and Andrew Hammond) are completely new to the organization. Jokiharju is the only player on the roster who played Monday. 

The game will be streamed live on in the Sabres' local broadcast market starting at 7 p.m. from Nationwide Arena. You can also listen to Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray call the action on WGR 550.

Click here for Columbus' roster.

About last night

Video: Prospects Challenge: BUF vs. NJD Highlights

From the Game Recap…

With only three days to prepare and six new faces in the lineup - plus another behind the bench - the Sabres came to Penn State for their first game of the preseason with the goal of playing a simple, aggressive game. 

The basic objective outlined by coach Ralph Krueger was to limit time spent defending by extending possession with high-pressure play on offense. Though it became closer than they would have liked, the Sabres were largely pleased with how they played to that end in a 5-4, overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

 Video: POSTGAME: Thompson

"We just had a lot of pace," Krueger said. "We played aggressive, everybody was on their toes, we managed the puck really well and pushed them on their heels. We were in their end most of the time. We had lots of long puck possession, which we were really striving for today."

Jack Eichel buried a breakaway shot with eight seconds remaining in overtime to preserve the victory after puck management miscues allowed the Penguins to erase a 4-1 deficit in the third period.

Video: POSTGAME: Cozens

Video: POSTGAME: Gilmour 

50th Season Commemorative Jersey now on sale

Video: Introducing The Golden Jersey

The Buffalo Sabres New Era Store is now open at KeyBank Center, and beginning today fans will be able to purchase the Sabres 50th Season Commemorative Jersey at the brand-new shop.

The store is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sabres and Bandits game nights.

New Era Cap's naming rights to the store signify just one element of the partnership renewal agreement that is centered around maximizing the fan experience.

Currently, Fanatics brand 50th Season jerseys are available at the Buffalo Sabres New Era Store with both blank jerseys and personalized Sabres player jerseys in stock. Authentic blank Adidas branded jerseys are also on the shelves, with personalized player jerseys coming in the next few weeks. The Buffalo Sabres New Era Store features a New Era Cap Wall with a specially designed 50th season commemorative Sabres cap, along with a wide variety of traditional and uniquely designed hats.

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