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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Hurricanes

Subban to make debut in goal; Bjork and Butcher return to lineup

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Malcolm Subban will make his Sabres debut when the team concludes its two-game road trip tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Subban was acquired from Chicago in exchange for future considerations on Wednesday. The 27-year-old goaltender has played 82 career NHL games.

Coverage on MSG begins at 7 p.m. The puck drops at 7:30. 

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Panthers

Dell to start in goal, Luukkonen to serve as back up

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Aaron Dell will start in goal for the Buffalo Sabres against the Florida Panthers tonight at BB&T Center, coach Don Granato announced.

Dustin Tokarski entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol prior to the game. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been recalled from Rochester and will back up Dell. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. The puck drops at 7. 

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres vs. Kraken

Buffalo hosts Seattle for the first time on Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It was a busy morning inside KeyBank Center, where a pair of new faces were spotted skating with the Sabres in preparation for their first-ever home game against the Seattle Kraken.

Alex Tuch, wearing a yellow non-contact sweater, was one of them. It was the first full-team session for Tuch, who was acquired in a trade with Vegas on Nov. 4. His return - which you can read more about here - is still a few weeks away, coach Don Granato said. 

The other was Mark Jankowski, fresh off signing a deal for the remainder of the season on Sunday. Jankowski spent the beginning of the season with Rochester, tallying 12 points (5+7) in 13 games. 

Plus, it's Hockey Fights Cancer Night, held in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. More on that here. 

Here are five things to know ahead of tonight's game.

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Red Wings

Tokarski to start in goal on back-to-back nights

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DETROIT - Dustin Tokarski will start for the second night in a row when the Sabres visit the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Little Caesars Arena. 

Tokarski made 25 saves on 26 shots during a 4-1 win at home over Montreal on Thursday. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. The puck drops at 7. 

 

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres vs. Canadiens

Buffalo opens a back-to-back set at home against Montreal

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Don Granato has reiterated his message of playing with confidence as the Sabres navigate their busiest week of the season, a stretch that has opened with three straight losses. 

Their next opportunity to right the ship comes tonight against a Canadiens team they already experienced success against, winning 5-1 at KeyBank Center on opening night.

"I felt the last few games there's just an inkling of doubt potentially creeping in and I challenged our guys, there can be no doubt," Granato said. "I don't care what just happened, I don't care what just transpired, because when you have doubt, it looks like you don't work hard anymore. You start hesitating and then it looks like guys aren't working. We cannot have that."

Tickets for tonight are available here

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. The puck drops at 7. 

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres vs. Bruins

Mittelstadt participates in morning skate, will not play vs. Boston

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Slowly but surely, the Buffalo Sabres are inching toward icing the lineup we saw on opening night. The presence of Casey Mittelstadt at their morning skate signaled another step in that direction. 

Mittelstadt, who wore a yellow non-contact sweater during the skate, will not play tonight against the Boston Bruins. Sabres coach Don Granato said the forward will likely need multiple full-contact practices before he returns to the lineup.

"We're gonna read it day by day to see how he feels but he does need to go through at least a couple practices, I would say, with some good contact before we feel comfortable even assessing where he's at," Granato said. "But certainly, a positive sign that he's on the ice with us."

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres vs. Blue Jackets

Jokiharju to return as Sabres begin 3-game homestand

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Henri Jokiharju will return to the lineup when the Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center on Monday. Jokiharju has been out since opening night with a lower-body injury. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. The puck drops at 7.

Here are five things to know.

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Rangers

Olofsson participates in morning skate, playing status will be revealed at game time

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NEW YORK - Victor Olofsson participated in the Sabres' morning skate at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, his first on-ice session with the team since sustaining an injury on Nov. 1. 

Sabres coach Don Granato said all lineup decisions for the team's game against the New York Rangers - including Olofsson's status - will be revealed after warmups. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 5:30 p.m. The puck drops at 6. 

Here are five things to know about the matchup. 

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres vs. Flames

The Sabres return home looking for their third win in four contests

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Dustin Tokarski is expected to make his third start in four games when the Buffalo Sabres host the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center on Thursday.

Tokarski made a career-high 45 saves during a 2-1 win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He has a .920 save percentage in eight starts this season. 

Tickets are available here. Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. with puck drop scheduled for 7.

Here are five things to know going into the game.

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Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Penguins

Zemgus Girgensons is expected to play after missing the morning skate

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

PITTSBURGH - The Buffalo Sabres are back on the road for their first matchup of the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m. The puck drops at 7. 

Here are five things to know going in.

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