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Sharpen Up: September 18, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know on Wednesday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres played their second preseason game of the year last night in Columbus. The Blue Jackets came away with a 4-1 win. 

The team is off today and will return to practice on Thursday.

Here's what you need to know.


About last night

Video: Highlights: BUF 1 - CBJ 4

With Buffalo's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, the players will enter an off-day while the hockey department staff will begin discussions about how to best proceed with training camp.  

"We'll look for things that confirm what we want to do to get that into the players' minds, but individually, we'll be looking at a lot of lessons that we've seen here," Krueger said. "It's also been excellent for us to evaluate. You get to know the players so much better than in practice [when you're] standing behind the bench for those two games. We will be spending a day evaluating and then on Thursday, you'll be seeing some new looks for sure."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Ullmark


Video: POSTGAME: Asplund 


Jake McCabe scored Buffalo's lone goal. Linus Ullmark and Andrew Hammond split time in net. Ullmark made 18 saves on 19 shots while Hammond stopped 11 of 13. 

"No matter how hard you work in the summer, you can't translate game speed," McCabe said. "That's why these preseason games are so important - to get your timing back and in certain situations you haven't seen in six months. It was a nice game. I thought we did some nice things, definitely, to build on and a lot of things to learn from. So overall, it was a positive experience."

Scott Wilson left the game with a lower-body injury late in the second period. Krueger said he will be further evaluated back in Buffalo.

Read the full recap here.

Skinner and Montour on The Instigators

Jeff Skinner didn't play last night, but he did join Andrew Peters, Craig Rivet and Martin Biron on The Instigators yesterday from the newly renovated (and renamed) Buffalo Sabres New Era Store inside KeyBank Center

Watch: Youtube Video

Brandon Montour was in the lineup, but he found some time to join the guys before he caught the plane.

Watch: Youtube Video

Check out those wardrobe changes. 

What's next

The Sabres will return to practice on Thursday and then play in another set of back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

They'll be in Toronto on Friday and they'll host the Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games will air on MSG using the Sportsnet feed. 

Tickets are on sale here.

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