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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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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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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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Berglund to make debut in preseason opener vs. Blue Jackets

Forward expected to center Nylander and Thompson

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Patrik Berglund has spent the past week navigating uncharted territory. His first three days of training camp in Buffalo were his first practices with any organization other than St. Louis, the place he spent the first 10 years of his career prior to being acquired by the Sabres in July. 

Monday will represent another first for Berglund, who will make his debut when the Sabres open their preseason schedule in Columbus. So, what should you expect to see from the veteran?

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Johnson expected to start in season finale vs. Panthers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - Depending on the way things play out elsewhere around the league, the Buffalo Sabres might just have a chance to play spoiler in their season finale against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday night. 

The Panthers' playoff hopes rest on the result of the game being played between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, which will end before the puck drops in Florida. The Flyers would clinch the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a victory.

The result in that game might also dictate the Sabres' plans. Phil Housley said he expects to go with Chad Johnson in net for the fourth-straight game but left the door open for Adam Wilcox to make his NHL debut against his former organization, if even for a period.

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For young Sabres, visit to Tampa presents next big test

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TAMPA - Casey Mittelstadt may have left his collegiate career behind when he signed his entry-level contract last month, but school is still in session for the young forward. For him and fellow first-round pick Alex Nylander, this last road trip is a chance to learn what it takes to play in the NHL and apply those lessons in the offseason. 

For their next test, they'll face a Tampa Bay Lightning team looking to cling to its Atlantic Division lead on Friday. 

"They're going to see how a very good team plays and their attention to detail away from the puck, what they do with it and how fast they play the game," Sabres coach Phil Housley said.

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Nylander to make season debut on Fan Appreciation Night

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Alex Nylander had high expectations entering this season, his second as a pro. The 20-year-old forward had spent the summer getting stronger, which was noticeable at the outset of training camp in September. Then, a lower-body injury brought everything to a halt. 

Nylander sustained his injury during the Prospects Challenge - before training camp even officially began - and didn't make his season debut for Rochester until Nov. 17. But while the beginning of his season didn't go the way he hoped, he has a chance to end it on a high note.

Nylander will make his season debut for the Buffalo Sabres when they host the Ottawa Senators at KeyBank Center on Wednesday night.

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Sabres look to win season series in Toronto

Gorges steps in for Antipin; Housley disagrees with decision on Hartnell

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - It was only a week ago that the Buffalo Sabres came into Air Canada Centre and earned a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, a performance they'll look to replicate when the two teams conclude their season series on Monday night. 

Having that win under their belt - and having two wins in three head-to-head matchups this season - should give the Sabres cause for confidence. At the same time, Jack Eichel expects their most recent meeting to be fresh on the Maple Leafs' minds.

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Housley makes return to Nashville as Sabres visit Preds

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NASHVILLE - Phil Housley knows the impact that the home crowd at Bridgestone Arena can have on a game as well as anyone. On Saturday, he'll experience that raucous atmosphere for the first time as a visiting coach. 

Housley, who began his NHL coaching career as an assistant with the Nashville Predators for the past four seasons, will make his first return to Music City as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

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Sabres recall Wilcox from Rochester

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled goaltender Adam Wilcox from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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