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Sharpen Up: September 26, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

What do you need to know? It's a game day. What else is there? Well, a few more things, actually. Grab your morning coffee, ride the good vibes of that Bills win, and let's get going.

We'll kick off the first Monday edition of Sharpen Up with what you can expect from us here at


On Tap Today

The morning skate gets underway at 10 a.m. at KeyBank Center. It (along with all of Buffalo's game-day practices throughout the season) is open to the public. Stay tuned for the Morning Skate Report for lineup news and pregame interviews. Brian Duff will have a game preview for you to watch as well before the team flies to Penn State this afternoon. 

Here is Minnesota's lineup, courtesy of the Wild.

You can listen to the game on WGR 550 tonight. Dan Dunleavy and Andrew Peters have the call. Be sure to be following our Twitter feed (@BuffaloSabres) for updates.

Jourdon LaBarber and Duffer will be on-site to provide you with written and video recaps after the game, respectively. 

And guess what? The Sabres play again Tuesday night. They'll host the Ottawa Senators at KeyBank Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now


Video Replay

If you couldn't make it to HarborCenter this weekend, here are literally the highlights. The team was broken up into three groups and each day, two of those groups scrimmaged each other.

On Friday, Cole Schneider stole the show with a hat trick:

Video: Friday's Scrimmage Highlights

Then on Saturday, Schneider again helped his team to victory with a goal and an assist as Team Blue hung on in a tight one over Team White. He and Derek Grant are two of five or six forwards vying for a full-time NHL role this season:

Video: Sabres in :90 - Saturday's Highlights

Sunday's action saw Nicolas Deslauriers tip in the game-winner. Here's Duffer with some post-production play by play:

Video: Sabres in :90 - Scrimmage highlights from 9/25

Dan Bylsma had a great 12-minute session with the media on Saturday that you should check out:

Video: BYLSMA: Training Camp

And no one had to move the net for a car and no one yelled, "Game on!" but if you missed Jake McCabe and Sam Reinhart playing street hockey with some local kids, Lauren Hall has it for you: 

 Video: Reinhart and McCabe join a street hockey game


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How the defense shakes out should be an interesting storyline to watch. 

Cody Franson is looking to bounce back from what he considers the worst year of his career. He was limited to 17 points over 59 games in large part because of an injury - and one he didn't quite understand at first. Jourdon LaBarber caught up with Franson over the weekend

Also on the blue line, Brendan Guhle is back for his second training camp and the 18 year old spent his summer working on adding some bulk to his 6-foot-2 frame. Jake McCabe, already a veteran in some instances, also offered some advice for some of the younger guys in camp that are looking to make an impression. That and more here

Deslauriers, Zemgus Girgensons and Matt Moulson are just three players who are trying to prove themselves during this camp. 

"I definitely have a chip on my shoulder coming in to prove a lot of people wrong that maybe lost a little belief." - Matt Moulson

Click here for the story.

Scoreboard Watching

Ryan O'Reilly and Canada will go up against Europe in the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey Final starting on Tuesday. The Canadians eliminated Dmitry Kulikov and Team Russia 5-3 on Saturday to advance. 

No word yet on when Kulikov will join the Sabres for training camp. We'll try and find out during Dan Bylsma's media availability after today's morning skate. As for Jack Eichel, who represented Team North America, it's likely that he'll skate with the Sabres' non-game group tomorrow. Rasmus Ristolainen, who played for Finland, remains an unsigned restricted free agent. 

So stick with us throughout the day (and night). We've got you covered.

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