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Sharpen Up: September 18, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

It starts tonight!

Buffalo and Carolina will go at it tonight in preseason action from KeyBank Center. Check out the action live (tickets are on sale now!) or tune in to WGR 550 at 7 p.m. when Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray begin broadcasting.

Who is playing tonight? We'll have that news for you shortly when the morning skate kicks off at around 10:30. 


Scrimmage starting at 9:45

The players who aren't set to play tonight will face off in an intra-squad scrimmage starting at 9:45 this morning. Brian Duff and Martin Biron will provide commentary over it in a special live stream here at 

Click here to watch the scrimmage! 

Here are the projected lineups (subject to change)

26 Matt Moulson - 22 Johan Larsson - 24 Hudson Fasching 
83 Vasily Glotov - 10 Jacob Josefson - 13 Nicholas Baptiste
62 Brandon Hagel

41 Justin Falk - 93 Victor Antipin
4 Josh Gorges - 5 Matt Tennyson
58 Austin Osmanski

32 Adam Wilcox
34 Jonas Johansson

9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 29 Jason Pominville
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 12 Kevin Porter - 64 Vaclav Karabacek 
46 Eric Cornel

6 Marco Scandella - 47 Zach Bogosian 
82 Nathan Beaulieu - 54 Brycen Martin
79 Vojtech Budik 

31 Chad Johnson
33 Jason Kasdorf

Weekend coverage

The team has been working hard all weekend at practice sessions at HarborCenter. 

Brian Duff took a look at the goaltenders on Saturday thank to a great chat with goaltending coach Andrew Allen:

Video: Sabres Now (9/16/17)

Some new faces have gotten some attention as well.

Jourdon LaBarber talked about Victor Antipin's assimilation into American and NHL life. 

"He's a student of the game," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He really absorbs a lot, likes to watch a lot of video trying to understand our concepts. He's like a sponge."

Prior to camp, Antipin spent time with assistant coach Chris Hajt learning the subtleties of Housley's system and the North American game in general. Hajt said the sessions were arranged to prevent information overload once on-ice activity began.

"We identified it as something important for him, coming from Russia and making sure he understands what's going on so he can just concentrate on playing," Hajt said. "We didn't want him to see it for the first time on the first day of camp. It'd be very overwhelming. So we kind of got ahead of it and made sure to explain to him how we're going to play and his role within that system."

More on that here.

Saturday also featured a chat with Benoit Pouliot, who signed with Buffalo as a free agent in July. He, of course, sees some similarities between the Sabres and his previous team, the Edmonton Oilers.

Meanwhile, Zemgus Girgensons has been practicing on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo. How he and Johan Larsson are approaching what should be comeback years was the subject of Sunday's Sabres Now:

Video: Sabres Now (9/17/17)

If you've missed any of our coverage so far, be sure to check out our News Feed and our Video Channels.

On tap today

Jourdon and Dan will be live at the scene for the morning skate today to provide you with all of the lineup news you need. Then stick around after the game for full postgame coverage including recaps, highlights and locker room reaction. 

And we'll be right back at it tomorrow with a game against Pittsburgh at Penn State.  

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