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Sharpen Up: September 27, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres will travel to Pittsburgh this afternoon for another preseason game against the Penguins. Tonight's game will take place at PPG Paints Arena with puck drop set for 7 p.m. RJ and Rayzor will be on hand with the call.

And more good news: The game will be televised on MSG with the all-new pregame show with Brian Duff and Martin Biron kicking off at 6:30 p.m.  

Here's what you need to know.

The Sabres will take the morning skate at 10:30 at HarborCenter and fly out later today. We'll have full lineup news and notes from you here as Jourdon LaBarber will have your written Morning Skate Report and Dan Dunleavy will provide the video Game Preview. 

Video: Sabres Now (9/26/17)

Power-play work

Special teams were a focal point in the second half of yesterday's practice. As the Sabres' camp roster is down to 32 players, coach Phil Housley is beginning to really dive deep into his systems and what he wants to see from the guys on the ice. 

Buffalo had the top-ranked power play in the League last season. Here's how the units shook out yesterday:

First Unit
Jack Eichel - Ryan O'Reilly - Kyle Okposo - Sam Reinhart - Rasmus Ristolainen

Second Unit
Evander Kane - Jason Pominville - Matt Moulson - Nathan Beaulieu - Zach Bogosian


Other practice notes

Taylor Fedun left practice early after taking a puck off his ear when he went down to block a shot. 

"I'm sure he probably had to take a couple stitches," Housley said. "It's unfortunate, but that's hockey. He laid down to block a puck and he plays like he practices, so it was unfortunate."

We'll see if he's back on the ice today or not. 

Video: Phil Housley After Practice (9/26/17)

Jourdon has more on practice as well as a look at Kane taking on a bigger leadership role in the Ice Level Practice Report. 


World Junior Championship Tickets

The United States will face Canada at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 29 at New Era Field in the first outdoor game in the history of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. It will be the teams' first meeting since the gold medal final of the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship in Montreal, where the United States skated to a 5-4 shootout victory to claim the nation's third gold medal.

Individual tickets for the outdoor game will start between $45 and $110, and will follow the dynamic pricing model, which will allow the price of tickets to be continually adjusted throughout the on sale period to accurately reflect demand.

Packages for all 31 games of the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship are still available, along with eight- and 12-game options. Individual ticket sales for medal round games will be announced at a later date. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

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