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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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Sharpen Up: September 19, 2018

Here's what you need to know now that the Sabres are 2-0 in the preseason

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres picked up their second victory of the preseason last night with a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh at KeyBank Center. 

Buffalo returns to practice tomorrow with a pair of sessions that are open to the public at Harborcenter. The first session on Thursday begins at 9:45 a.m.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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Dahlin makes debut in preseason win over Penguins

McCabe gets on the board; Eichel scores shorthanded

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Rasmus Dahlin insists he felt nervous at the start of his first preseason game in the NHL, even if it wasn't apparent to those in attendance at KeyBank Center. By the end of the contest, the rookie defenseman had done enough that nerves were likely the last thing on spectators' minds.

Dahlin finished with a game-high six shot attempts, including four shots on goal, in 21:32 as the Sabres withstood a late push by the Pittsburgh Penguins to earn a 3-2 win on Tuesday night. 

Vladimir Sobotka, Jake McCabe and Jack Eichel scored goals for the Sabres, while Carter Hutton stopped all 14 of the shots he faced in two periods of action. Dahlin was on the ice for two of the Buffalo goals, his growing confidence apparent as the night progressed.

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Dahlin, Skinner to make preseason debuts against Pittsburgh

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kyle Okposo watched the dominos fall during a busy offseason and knew what they could mean for the Sabres, from drafting Rasmus Dahlin with the first-overall pick in June to capping the summer with the acquisition of Jeff Skinner in August.  

He also knew it was important to keep things in perspective. 

"You've still got to go on the ice and prove it," Okposo said. "You've still got to go on the ice and play well. In this league, you're not a good team until you are."

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Sharpen Up: September 18, 2018

Here's what you need to know before the Sabres' 1st home preseason game

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight for a preseason game at KeyBank Center.

Tickets are on sale now.

If you can't make it to KeyBank Center, be sure to catch Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray call the action on MSG and WGR 550. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Nylander continues to impress as Sabres win preseason opener

Forward tallies 2 assists in 4-1 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

COLUMBUS - Patrik Berglund has been around for 10 NHL seasons, appeared in 754 games and scored 348 points between the regular season and playoffs. With all that experience, even he was impressed with the pass his rookie linemate made to set up his first goal of the preseason on Monday.

The rookie in question was Alexander Nylander, who fed Berglund for the first of his two assists in the Sabres' 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their preseason opener. Berglund had said earlier in the morning that he was still getting to know his young teammate. He learned a lot in their first game together. 

"If I was Nylander, I would never try to pass that puck because I could never make that play," Berglund said. "It was a great play by him."

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