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Lehner gets the start as Sabres host Penguins

Okposo, Carrier resume skating

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's been 16 days since the Buffalo Sabres played in Pittsburgh on a Sunday afternoon and lost one of their toughest games of the season, one in which they ran out to a 3-0 lead against the reigning Stanley Cup champions only to fall 4-3 in the end.

A win that day would have given the Sabres points in three straight games; instead it stood as one of six losses in a stretch of seven. It's a game that still sits fresh in the Sabres' minds as they host the Penguins at KeyBank Center tonight.

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Austin to make NHL debut tonight in Detroit

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

DETROIT - Brady Austin took the ice for the Morning Skate on Monday in the Buffalo Sabres' final pregame skate ever at Joe Louis Arena, taking an important step toward fulfilling a lifelong goal. 

Earlier in the day, the first recall of his career was made official and he'll make his NHL debut tonight when the Sabres take on the Red Wings.

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Nilsson gets the start as trip concludes in Anaheim

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ANAHEIM - Anders Nilsson will get the nod in net for the Buffalo Sabres when they conclude their three-game California road trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. It will be the first start for Nilsson since he was pulled after surrendering three goals on 12 shots in the first period against Columbus last Saturday, a game the Sabres came back to win 5-3.

"It's a little bit of a bounce-back game for Anders getting into the net," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "He's been, for the most part, real solid when he's gotten his opportunity in net for us. Unfortunately that wasn't the way it was in the last time out but, again, just looking for him to get in there, be solid for us, make the necessary save and give us a chance to win."

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Fasching, Fedun to enter lineup in Los Angeles

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

LOS ANGELES - When Taylor Fedun finally walked into the visiting dressing room at Staples Center on Thursday morning, the first question asked of him was one usually reserved for small talk on an elevator: "So, how was the weather?" 

Fedun was able to trade the wrath of Winter Storm Stella for sunny California, but not before making a late-night drive from Rochester - where the conditions were so bad that the Amerks had to cancel their game on Wednesday - up to Toronto, and then taking a direct flight to Los Angeles on Thursday morning. 

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Sabres kick off California trip in San Jose

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SAN JOSE - Twice this season the Buffalo Sabres have erased a three-goal deficit in a comeback victory. The most recent instance was on Saturday, when they scored five unanswered goals to beat Columbus; the first was at home in February against the San Jose Sharks, who they'll meet tonight at SAP Center.

In both games, the Sabres showed the mental fortitude that has made them dangerous when playing from behind all season long. Even having lost eight of nine games and seeing their playoff odds diminish, Matt Moulson said their compete level in the last two periods on Saturday was the best it's been all season.

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Nilsson starts as Sabres host rematch with Columbus

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets are who the Buffalo Sabres thought they were. That was Dan Bylsma's take away after his Sabres met the Blue Jackets for the first time this season on Friday night, the first leg of a home-and-home series that continues tonight at KeyBank Center. 

"Nothing really, other than that they showed what they are," Bylsma said when asked what he learned from facing Columbus. "I don't think they bull you over with high-profile names. I think they certainly have good players and skill, but they're a working team, an aggressive team.

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Sabres look forward to 'good test' in Columbus

Eichel looking to extend streak; Bailey returns to top line

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Blue Jackets are the only team that the Buffalo Sabres have yet to meet this season, but they're about to get to know each other well. The two teams begin a home-and-home set at Nationwide Arena on Friday and then meet again in Buffalo on Saturday. They'll meet a third time on March 28.

For as unfamiliar as the Sabres might be with the Blue Jackets on the ice, however, they do have a good idea of what to expect.

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After tough loss, Sabres look to rebound vs. Flyers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

For as difficult as their recent loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday was - they took a 3-0 lead out of the first period only to lose 4-3 in regulation - the reality for the Buffalo Sabres is that they still sit five points out of a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference with 16 games remaining.

Whether that remains true after Tuesday depends on how the Sabres are able to respond against a team that's largely in the same position as them. The Philadelphia Flyers sit two points ahead of the Sabres, although they do have two games in hand. 

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Nilsson starts in net; Falk enters lineup vs. Pens

Kulikov day-to-day wit upper-body injury

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

PITTSBURGH - With the League's highest-scoring offense awaiting them, the Buffalo Sabres will rely upon two players who have seen limited ice time as of late to help slow the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday evening. 

Anders Nilsson, with one start in the last 12 games, will get the start in net for the Sabres while Justin Falk, a healthy scratch for the last seven games, will step into the lineup on the back end in place of an injured Dmitry Kulikov. 

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Sabres host Lightning looking for second win in a row

Lehner gets the start in net; Okposo week-to-week

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

There's no denying the fact that the Buffalo Sabres have struggled lately when it comes to playing the Tampa Bay Lightning, their opponent at KeyBank Center on Saturday night. The Sabres are 1-9-0 in their last 10 games against the Lightning, and 0-2-0 this season.

The difference now is that a matchup with the Lightning no longer means a meeting with Ben Bishop; the goalie who had so much success against Buffalo over the past few seasons was shipped to Los Angeles prior to the trade deadline. The Lightning also sent forward Valterri Filppula to Philadelphia in an effort to shed salary.

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