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Sharpen Up: September 22, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The preseason continues tonight when the Sabres head up to Tornto for a game against the Maple Leafs at Ricoh Coliseum. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray have the radio call on WGR 550.

We'll have the full lineup for you shortly. 

Here's what you need to know.

Phil Housley mixed up his practice groups and combinations at yesterday's practice to help build some chemistry up and down the lineup. Here's how the team practiced yesterday:

Group A
67 Benoit Pouliot - 90 Ryan O'Reilly - 25 Seth Griffith
22 Johan Larsson - 10 Jacob Josefson - 13 Nicholas Baptiste
71 Evan Rodrigues - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 52 Stevie Moses
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 12 Kevin Porter - 59 Cliff Pu

19 Jake McCabe - 5 Matt Tennyson
47 Zach Bogosian/93 Victor Antipin - 38 Cody Goloubef 
41 Justin Falk - 27 Taylor Fedun

35 Linus Ullmark
32 Adam Wilcox
33 Jason Kasdorf

Group B
26 Matt Moulson - 15 Jack Eichel - 21 Kyle Okposo
9 Evander Kane - 23 Sam Reinhart - 29 Jason Pominville
49 C.J. Smith - 46 Eric Cornel - 24 Hudson Fasching
64 Vaclav Karabacek - 51 Kyle Criscuolo - 95 Justin Bailey

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
45 Brendan Guhle - 53 Devante Stephens 
4 Josh Gorges - 8 Casey Nelson
54 Brycen Martin

40 Robin Lehner
31 Chad Johnson
34 Jonas Johansson

More on that in yesterday's Sabres Now with Brian Duff.

Video: Sabres Now (9/21/17)

Meanwhile, Jourdon LaBarber chatted with Cliff Pu, the only remaining junior-eligible player left in training camp. Why has he earned an extended look?


"I think he's had a great camp and it started with development camp," Sabres coach Housley said. "We like his grit, we want to see him in another game hopefully soon in the next two … It's intriguing, trying to see where he can fit in. I think he's had an excellent camp up to this point and he's getting rewarded for it."

Check out the full Ice Level Practice Report here.


Another live stream this morning

Once again, we'll be live streaming the practice session at HarborCenter featuring players who won't suit up tonight. Watch it with Brian Duff and Martin Biron, who will be providing commentary starting at around 9:45. 

Click here to watch the live stream!


Prospect action

Last night, 42 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft were in Buffalo to play in the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center. 

Brady Tkachuk stole the show, recording a goal and an assist, including the game-winner with just over five minutes to play, in Team Leetch's 6-5 win over Team Chelios.   

Here are the highlights:
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World Junior Championship outdoor game tickets go on sale Monday

Don't miss the chance to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime event when Team USA takes on Canada at New Era Field on Dec. 29 in the first-ever outdoor game of the IIHF World Junior Championship. 

Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public Monday morning at 10 a.m. But if you're a USA Hockey member, a Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabres season ticket holder, or a My One Buffalo member, you can take advantage of a special presale opportunity today.


On tap today

Stay tuned for full pregame and postgame coverage. We'll have a written Morning Skate Report as well as Dan Dunleavy's video Game Preview. Then stick with us through the game and after for highlights, a recap and locker room reaction. 

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