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Sharpen Up: September 28, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

There's only one preseason game left and that'll come tomorrow night at home against the New York Islanders. Buffalo played in Pittsburgh last night with what should be close to the opening-night roster. 

The Sabres fell into a 5-2 hole in the third, but came back late to pull within one. They ran out of time, losing 5-4, but there were some positives to take out of it.

Here's what you need to know.


From the game recap:

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres not able to take lead, fall 5-4

Coach Phil Housley said he wanted to see his team shoot more often than it had in previous games, and he wanted them to play as fast as the Penguins - if not faster. The Sabres outshot the Penguins 42-27, 

Video: HOUSLEY: Postgame Interview

 "This is not going to happen overnight but I really liked that we fought until the end, showed a lot of character," Housley said. "The things that we can correct, the technical things, those things we can correct. But I just liked the compete right down to the wire."

Video: GIRGENSONS: Postgame

 Video: andalone, SEO friendly: KANE: Postgame Interview

 Video: DESLAURIERS: Postgame (9/27/17)

Welcome aboard, Jordan Nolan

The battle for the last few roster spots is certainly a lot tighter today than it was 24 hours ago. That's because general manager Jason Botterill claimed Jordan Nolan off waivers yesterday afternoonfrom the Los Angeles Kings. 

"I think he's a terrific hockey player," Housley said after the game in Pittsburgh. "He plays a fast game, he can get on the forecheck, he brings another element that we don't have in a physical aspect, so I'm looking forward to working with him starting tomorrow."

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound forward joins the Sabres after appearing in 292 NHL games for Los Angeles during the last six seasons. Nolan, 28, was a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2012 and 2014. 

"We're happy to bring Jordan into the mix," Botterill said in a statement. "His size and speed, along with his experience with such a successful organization like the Kings, make him an asset to the organization."

Road Crew set for Dallas

The Sabres Road Crew, presented by Delta Air Lines with supporting sponsor Dave & Adam's, will make its first Tour Stop of the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 3 in Dallas prior to the team's game against the Stars on Nov. 4. 

This Tour Stop will take place at Parlay Sports Club (3309 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

As part of the Road Crew program this season, Delta will again be sponsoring the "Fly You Home" promotion. Every fan who attends the event will have a chance to win two round-trip tickets home to Buffalo and two tickets to see the Sabres play at KeyBank Center during the 2017-18 season.

Fans attending the event will get the opportunity to meet Sabres alumni Rene Robert, Danny Gare and Rob Ray. The event will also include drink specials, Sabres trivia, giveaways, raffles and much more. Dave & Adam's will also be raffling off merchandise from their Jack Eichel Collection, which will include items signed by Eichel. Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive an official Sabres Road Crew credential and lanyard.

Fans can purchse tickets here or contact Nick Fearby at 716-855-4452 with any questions.

World Junior Championship preliminary round games on sale tomorrow

All additional preliminary round individual game tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m. 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.

Preliminary round games featuring Team USA or Team Canada will start between $20 and $110. All other preliminary round games will start between $10 and $45.

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

The World Junior Hockey Championship's inaugural outdoor game takes place on Friday, Dec. 29 between the United States and Canada at New Era Field. Individual tickets for the game start between $45 and $110, and will also follow the dynamic pricing model.

Tickets for the outdoor game are on sale now.

On tap today

Brian Duff and Jourdon LaBarber will have all of your practice coverage for you today from KeyBank Center. Stay tuned for injury updates, line combinations and all of the usual stuff we throw at you. 

That'll set us up for tomorrow night's game and our TV coverage starts with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. If you'd rather check out the game in person, great seats are still available. 

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