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Sharpen Up: September 21, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know before tonight's home preseason game against the Maple Leafs

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Tonight marks the fourth game of the preseason of the Buffalo Sabres - but it'll be the first one on home ice.

Buffalo hosts Toronto tonight at KeyBank Center for a 7 p.m. faceoff. Enjoy the game live from the stands or catch the action on MSG, which will carry the Sportsnet broadcast. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call on WGR 550.

The Sabres lost to the Maple Leafs last night at Scotiabank Arena, but it's likely that we'll see very different lineups for both teams tonight.

Here's what you need to know.


Tonight's matchup

Stay tuned for Buffalo's lineup. The team will take the ice for the morning skate at around 10 a.m. at KeyBank Center. We'll have full coverage on and our social media platforms.

Toronto's roster can be found here:

Tweet from @LeafsPR: The @MapleLeafs have announced the expected roster for Saturday night���s preseason game in Buffalo. #LeafsForever

Players of note include John Tavares, Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, Jason Spezza, Tyson Barrie, Jake Muzzin, and former Sabres Nick Baptiste and Michal Neuvirth.


About last night

Video: Matthews leads Maple Leafs past Sabres, 3-0

From our game recap…

Ralph Krueger could see the signs in practice. In recent days, Dylan Cozens has begun to look less like an 18-year-old adjusting to his first NHL camp and more like a player who feels he belongs.

"It's interesting how somebody with that much skill and personality is able to adjust in such a short period of time," Krueger said. "He started camp a little tentative and hesitant. The last few days, we noticed it already in practice, he was opening up a little bit and just playing his game. 

"Tonight, we saw the confirmation of that."

Video: POSTGAME: Cozens

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger 

Cozens turned in a highlight performance for the Sabres during a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Friday, a game in which he was the youngest in a lineup that featured seven players under the age of 22.

It was a heightened environment in comparison to Cozens' preseason debut on Monday, which came in the collegiate confines of Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State against a prospect-heavy Pittsburgh Penguins lineup. This was a real NHL rink in one of hockey's storied cities, with All-Stars lining up across from him.

"Every day I'm getting more comfortable with the puck and more comfortable making plays," Cozens said. "I didn't want to turn the puck over. I wasn't seeing much, so I just held onto it and turned back and gave it to the D."

Video: POSTGAME: Sheary

Video: POSTGAME: Thompson 

Video: BUF@TOR: Ullmark stretches out pad to deny Nylander

The Sabres were stifled by Frederik Andersen from the first shift of the night, when Tage Thompson drove in alone and had his backhand attempt stuffed by the Maple Leafs goalie. Andersen combined with backup Michael Hutchinson to stop 31 shots in the shutout effort.

Linus Ullmark kept Buffalo in the game during his 40 minutes of work, stopping 21 of 23 shots before giving way to Andrew Hammond. Ullmark's night included a sprawling pad save to rob William Nylander of a goal in the second period.

Click here to read the full recap.


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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