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Girgensons, Reinhart join Sabres in 1st practice back

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

DENVER - Break's over! The Buffalo Sabres returned to practice Friday afternoon at Joe Burns Ice Arena at the University of Denver as they prepare for Saturday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart skated with the team in the first practice after the bye week. Girgensons has missed the last seven games with a mid-body injury while Reinhart has not played in the last three due to an illness. 

However, they both seem to be on track to play Colorado tomorrow night as they were full participants at practice. 

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Sabres recall Bailey, Rodrigues

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forwards Justin Bailey and Evan Rodrigues from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Bailey (6'3", 214 lbs, 7/1/1995) joins the team for his fourth recall of the season. In his second professional campaign, the Buffalo native is tied for ninth in the AHL with 19 goals in 40 games and has totaled three points (2+1) in 19 NHL games.

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Sharpen Up: February 24, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Well, today's the day. After four days off for the bye week, the Sabres will be back on the ice tonight for practice in Colorado as they prepare to play the Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday night. 

In case you need your memory jogged as to where the Sabres stand coming out of the bye week, here's a bit of a refresher on where they left off:

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High school hockey championships set for Feb. 26-27

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Western New York's top high school hockey teams are coming to KeyBank Center. Teams at the club level will compete at the 33rd-annual Super Sunday High School Club Hockey Championships on Feb. 26, while the Super Monday High School Federation Hockey Championships will be held on Feb. 27.

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Sharpen Up: February 23, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When the Rochester Americans come to Buffalo, they tend to leave in style. 

The Amerks are now 5-1-0-0 in six all-time games in Buffalo after Cal O'Reilly scored the winning goal in overtime of a 3-2 victory over the Utica Comets at KeyBank Center last night. You can watch the full highlights of the game below, or read the recap from Amerks.com. 

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DUNLEAVY: Total team commitment kept Sabres in race

by Dan Dunleavy @Dan_Dunleavy / Sabres.com

It has been a busy last few weeks around the Buffalo Sabres. Not a lot of practice time in February, but a lot of games. With RJ resting his Hall-of-Fame vocal chords for a potential playoff ride in April, it's been my pleasure and honor to have had a front row seat calling all the action. 

Coaches want the practice time. Players want to play. Fans want games that are meaningful. For the latter, the Sabres have been able to hang around the Eastern Conference playoff picture up to this break in the action, and it's given a new energy to hockey in Western New York for the first time in a few seasons (certainly the first since I was asked to join the organization). 

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Sharpen Up: February 22, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's a game day in Buffalo.

No, the bye week isn't over for the Sabres, but the Rochester Americans will do their best to fill that void in your life when they host the Utica Comets tonight at KeyBank Center. Tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. faceoff, or you can catch the game live on MSG. 

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GIONTA: Discussing the NHL bye week

by Brian Gionta @Giostyle21 / Sabres.com

Before the Sabres took off for the bye week, Brian Gionta shared his thoughts with Sabres.com on what the week off has meant for the schedule and how the team was able to get through its stretch of 11 games in 18 days. 

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the bye week yet. I'm kind of on the fence. It compresses the schedule a lot in another areas, so I'm not sure if the five-day break makes up for not having the two or three days we normally have between games every once in a while.

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Mullen scores three goals as Amerks take 1 of 3

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans came away from a three-in-three weekend with only one win, but they'll have additional help when they look to rebound in Buffalo.

The Amerks will visit KeyBank Center for the first time this season to host the Utica Comets on Wednesday night, and they'll do so with the help of Justin Bailey, Evan Rodrigues and Nicholas Baptiste after the trio of players were reassigned to Rochester on Monday morning. 

You can purchase tickets for that game here, but before we look ahead to Wednesday, let's take a look at the last week down in Rochester. 

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Sharpen Up: February 21, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's been one full day since the Sabres last played. When your head hits the pillow tonight, it will mark the first time this month that the Sabres have gone two days in a row without a game. 

In other words, if watching the Sabres has become a bi-daily routine for you during this busy month and the bye week already feels like an episode of Survivorman, we don't blame you. 

So, how do you keep busy when you can't watch the Sabres? Here are a few ideas: 

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