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Reinhart tallies 2 points in preseason debut vs. Leafs

Dahlin experiences growing pains; Hutton shows puck-moving skills

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Watching Sam Reinhart set a perfectly-timed screen on Saturday night, it was as if he hadn't missed a beat during his week away from training camp. 

While the Buffalo Sabres did find areas to improve in their 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Reinhart was excellent in his preseason debut. He notched two assists, tallied a team-high six shots and set the screen that led to a power-play goal from Kyle Okposo in the first period. 

"I thought he was one of our best forwards," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He looked very comfortable, he fit right in. He was on the puck, he was making plays. He was trying to make a difference tonight."

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Sabres assign 7 players to Rochester

Buffalo now has 43 players at training camp

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Sabres have assigned forwards Eric Cornel, Vasily Glotov and Kevin Porter, defensemen Zach Redmond and Devante Stephens and goaltenders Michael Houser and Adam Wilcox to Rochester.

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Reinhart, Bogosian to make preseason debuts at home vs. Leafs

Thompson gets chance on top line; Hutton gets the start in net

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Sam Reinhart and Zach Bogosian will make their exhibition debuts when the Buffalo Sabres host the Toronto Maple Leafs for their final home game of the preseason on Saturday night.

Reinhart and Bogosian returned to practice with the team on Thursday, the former after signing a new two-year contract and the latter after taking time to rest the hip on which he had season-ending surgery in January.  

Phil Housley said the goal for both players in game No. 1 is to simply get adjusted to game speed. 

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Sharpen Up: September 22, 2018

Here's what you need to know before tonight's home preseason game against Toronto

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The final home preseason game is tonight as the Sabres host Toronto at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and you can buy your tickets right here.

Sportsnet's feed of the game will also air on MSG tonight and you can listen to Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray's broadcast if you tune your radio to WGR 550.

Three more preseason games are on the way next week before the season opener on Oct. 4 against the Bruins at KeyBank Center.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres respond to slow start, but fall short in Toronto

Young lineup looks to take lessons from loss to Leafs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Linus Ullmark offered the most succinct description of the way the Buffalo Sabres began their game at Scotiabank Arena on Friday night. 

"We were off to a really good start," the goaltender said. "And then it turned into a bad start."

Andrew Oglevie opened the scoring for the Sabres thirty seconds into the contest, only to see the Toronto Maple Leafs answer with a barrage of three goals over the next 3:11. The end result was a 5-3 loss, but when it was all said and done the Sabres' response stood out more than the start itself.

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Mittelstadt, Nylander look to reignite chemistry in Toronto

Duo will skate on a line with Tage Thompson

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander built chemistry as linemates during the final game of the Prospects Challenge earlier this month, when they combined for seven points during the Sabres' 10-goal outing against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

They'll have a chance to build on that performance Friday, albeit against stiffer competition. 

Mittelstadt and Nylander will skate on a line with Tage Thompson when the Sabres visit the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first game of a home-and-home set. They'll be met by a lineup that includes John Tavares, Nazem Kadri and Mitch Marner, among others.

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Sharpen Up: September 21, 2018

Here's what you need to know ahead of the Sabres' preseason game in Toronto

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It's a game night in Toronto. The Sabres and Maple Leafs will go head to head in preseason action tonight at 7:30 p.m. Watch the Sportsnet feed of the game on MSG or listen to Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray call the action on WGR 550.

Both teams will be back at it tomorrow night at KeyBank Center.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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Reinhart thrilled to return after 'challenging' week away

Bogosian also returns for practice at Harborcenter

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

While the rest of his teammates prepared for the start of training camp last Thursday, Sam Reinhart was catching a flight to Vancouver. What followed, he said, was about as challenging a week as he's had in hockey. 

Reinhart continued to skate in his hometown until Wednesday, when he and the Sabres agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $3.65 million. He was already booking flights back to Buffalo on Tuesday night, and he was all smiles following his first practice with the team on Thursday.

"I think my dad's probably the happiest guy to get me out of the house again," Reinhart said. "I was pretty miserable for a couple of days but was able to stay on the ice and train back in Vancouver, and ultimately that's why I went home.

"… At the time it probably seemed like two years being away, but now it seems like two days. I'm thrilled to be back."

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Sharpen Up: September 20, 2018

Here's what you need to know now that Sam Reinhart has signed a 2-year contract

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Sam Reinhart is back in the fold after the restricted free agent signed a new two-year contract with the Sabres yesterday.

Buffalo is back at practice today at Harborcenter (sessions start at 9:45 a.m.) and we'll have all the news here on Sabres.com.

Here's what you need to know.

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Sabres sign Reinhart to 2-year deal

Forward established new career highs in goals, points and power-play points in 2017-18

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $3.65 million.

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