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Sharpen Up: September 20, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

For those who thought they'd never see Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel share the ice as Sabres, last night must have been a beautiful sight. Just three months ago Pominville was a face of the franchise's past; Eichel was the face of the future.

Worlds collided when the two made their preseason debuts against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, and both looked pretty darn good in the present. Pominville scored two goals, including one on a perfect feed from Eichel, and Eichel scored in overtime as the Sabres won 4-3. 

Chris Ryndak was on the scene for the game at Penn State and has more in his game recap. You can also check out the highlights below.

Video: PIT at BUF Highlights (9/19/17)

Will this be the beginning of a consistent line with Evander Kane, Eichel and Pominville? Only time will tell, but here's a bit of what Eichel had to say after the game:

"You see his hands around the net, there's a reason he's scored as many goals as he has in this League and he's been playing as long as he has. He's a smart player and we'll continue to build chemistry," Eichel said. "That happens in practice, happens in games, watching video together. I think that's something that continues to get better. It's good that we were able to get a few tonight and we're going to continue to work."   

Watch complete postgame interviews with Eichel, Pominville and Phil Housley below.





Meanwhile, at HarborCenter

The Sabres are already on the ice for their first practice session of the day. Here's a look at the lines in the first group:

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 90 Ryan O'Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo
67 Benoit Pouliot - 23 Sam Reinhart - 52 Stevie Moses
49 C.J. Smith/62 Brandon Hagel - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 59 Cliff Pu
83 Vasily Glotov - Kyle Criscuolo - 64 Vaclav Karabacek

45 Brendan Guhle - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
19 Jake McCabe - 27 Taylor Fedun
53 Devante Stephens/58 Austin Osmanski - 38 Cody Goloubef 
79 Vojtech Budik - 54 Brycen Martin

40 Robin Lehner
35 Linus Ullmark
34 Jonas Johansson

The second practice group will take the ice at 11:45 a.m., and we'll have full coverage for you afterward right here on


Look out for World Junior tickets

If you're planning on attending the outdoor game between the U.S. and Canada at New Era Field at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, now is the time to be on the lookout for tickets. A special presale for My One Buffalo members, USA Hockey members and Bills and Sabres season-ticket holders will be held beginning tomorrow, Sept. 21.

You can register for My One Buffalo for free here. 


Individual tickets to the outdoor game go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. 

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