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Sharpen Up: September 20, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know before the team's preseason game in Toronto

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

It's a game night in Toronto. Buffalo will head into Canada to play the Maple Leafs in a preseason game tonight at ScotiaBank Arena.

Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. You can watch the Sportsnet feed of the game on MSG. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will call the action on WGR 550. 

We have rosters for you as well as information on tomorrow night's preseason home game...which is also against Toronto.

Here's what you need to know.


Tonight's roster

Last night, the team announced the roster for tonight's game. It includes rookies Dylan Cozens and Henri Jokiharju, newcomers like Curtis Lazar and John Gilmour and veterans like Kyle Okposo and Jake McCabe. 

Click here for the full roster.

We'll have line combinations and defensive pairings for you when the team hits the ice for the morning skate.

Toronto announced their roster this morning:

Tweet from @LeafsPR: The @MapleLeafs have announced the roster for tonight���s preseason game vs. Buffalo at @ScotiabankArena.

It looks like Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Cody Ceci, Morgan Rielly and Frederik Andersen will be on the ice tonight.


Thursday's practice

Video: Sabres in 50: Preparing for Toronto

From the Ice Level Practice Report...

The Sabres will see their defensive depth tested with the announcement that Brandon Montour will miss the remainder of the preseason due to a hand injury.

Montour sustained the injury during the team's preseason game in Columbus on Tuesday. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said he is not expected to be ready for opening night, though the initial hope is that his return will come early in the regular season. 

The defenseman spent the summer rehabbing from a sprained knee he sustained while representing Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in May. 

"I wouldn't expect him right off the hop but pretty soon thereafter," Krueger said when asked if Montour might be ready for opening night. "At the moment, we're going through camp with his situation. As you well know, it's upper-body and we'll work on it. 

"But he can keep his lower body moving, which is important. He's worked so hard off the knee injury to get up to speed, so if there is a positive in this it's that."

Video: TRAINING CAMP: Krueger

If there is another silver lining, it's the amount of depth the Sabres have added on defense since acquiring Montour from Anaheim at last season's trade deadline. 

Colin Miller and Henri Jokiharju were added to a group of right shots that already featured Montour, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian, and Casey Nelson, along with an up-and-coming prospect in William Borgen. John Gilmour joined a left-shot group comprised of Rasmus Dahlin, Jake McCabe, Lawrence Pilut, and Marco Scandella. 

Read more here.

New bag policy at KeyBank Center

KeyBank Center will be administering a new bag policy this fall. 

The policy will affect all KeyBank Center events, including Sabres and Bandits games. Small handbags, purses, drawstring bags and clutches are approved, but anything larger will not be permitted into the building.

Patrons who come to the ticket gates with a larger bag will be asked to go back and leave it in their car as Account Services will no longer hold these bags. 

Medical items and diaper bags are permitted.  

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