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Mittelstadt's shootout goal clinches win in preseason finale

Gilmour continues strong preseason; Ullmark makes 34 saves

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

PITTSBURGH - For all the terminology that has been used to describe how the Sabres aim to play under new coach Ralph Krueger, defenseman Marco Scandella offered the most succinct explanation from the visiting dressing inside PPG Paints Arena on Saturday evening.  

"It should look like we have the puck more than they have the puck," Scandella said, grinning in the wake of a 3-2 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Sabres had several stretches that met that criteria in their final tune up before they return to Pittsburgh for their regular-season opener next Thursday. They controlled the first period to the tune of a 20-12 edge in shot attempts and later overcame a 2-0 deficit to earn the win in their preseason finale. 

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Internal competition will continue in preseason finale

Sabres will continue to evaluate depth in Pittsburgh on Saturday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Ralph Krueger has made it clear that there will be no ends following the Sabres' preseason finale in Pittsburgh on Saturday. 

The Sabres practiced with 28 players on Friday. That number needs to come down to 23 before next Thursday's regular-season opener. But, whether they are with Buffalo on opening night or not, the competition for all 28 of those players continues beyond this weekend.

To that end, the young players who take the ice Saturday can simply view the exhibition as another chance to make an impression.

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McCabe to miss remainder of preseason

Defenseman is expected to be ready for start regular season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jake McCabe will miss the remainder of the preseason due to an upper-body injury, the Sabres announced Wednesday morning. 

McCabe is expected to be available for the start of the regular season.

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Sabres roster for tonight's preseason home game vs. Columbus announced

Game will air on MSG with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m.

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Training camp is winding down, which means the Buffalo Sabres will have to make some big decisions soon when it comes to their roster. 

They will play in their penultimate preseason game tonight when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center. 

"We're pleased with this group that's out there right now and we kept such a big roster because of how well everybody's performed in training camp," Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said on Tuesday. "So, we'd be comfortable with any mix of these 12 forwards starting for us. 

"It will all come down to the kind of synergies we're looking for in the lines and the balance we need between some grit and skill, some power play, some penalty kill. All of that's going to play out in the end, not necessarily the effort of any individual."

With that in mind, here's the roster for tonight's game:

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Breaking down the Sabres' roster entering the final phase of camp

Twenty-six players took the ice for practice on Monday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With training camp entering its third and final phase, the Sabres were down to one group for practice at KeyBank Center on Monday morning. 

Fourteen players were assigned to camp with the Rochester Americans on Sunday. Forward J.S. Dea, who was assigned to Rochester on Monday, will join them pending waivers. Arttu Ruotsalainen was assigned to Ilves in Finland, where he led Liiga forwards in average ice time a year ago. 

Krueger met personally with each of the players who were sent down and delivered an honest assessment of what needs to be done for them to return to Buffalo. Meanwhile, the 26 players who took the ice for practice on Monday all remain in the mix for opening night. 

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Sabres assign Dea to Rochester

Forward recorded 44 points in AHL last season

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans opened training camp today and they could be adding another experienced player to their roster.

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that forward Jean-Sebastien Dea has been assigned to Rochester pending waivers. 

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Cozens continues to impress with maturity in Toronto

Rookie turns in standout performance in loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Ralph Krueger could see the signs in practice. In recent days, Dylan Cozens has begun to look less like an 18-year-old adjusting to his first NHL camp and more like a player who feels he belongs.

"It's interesting how somebody with that much skill and personality is able to adjust in such a short period of time," Krueger said. "He started camp a little tentative and hesitant. The last few days, we noticed it already in practice, he was opening up a little bit and just playing his game. 

"Tonight, we saw the confirmation of that."

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Pekar aims to maintain aggressive style in preseason debut

News and notes ahead of tonight's game in Columbus

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Through two rookie camps, Matej Pekar has already riled many a crowd inside LECOM Harborcenter with his penchant for playing physical and getting under the skin of his opponents. 

Tonight, the stage will be larger and the opposition will include a pair of All-Star caliber defensemen in Zach Werenski and Seth Jones. But don't expect Pekar to change anything when he takes the ice for his first preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"No, it doesn't change, it doesn't matter who I play against," he said. "If something happens, it happens. I'm just going to focus on my game and I'm not going to focus on who's on the other side."

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Sabres training camp practice groupings for 1st weekend of camp

Sunday's practices at KeyBank Center will be open to the public

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres are on the ice for the first practices of training camp. Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings for each group. 

Goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and defensemen Zach Bogosian, Matt Hunwick, and Lawrence Pilut will not be participating at training camp. Updates will be provided at the conclusion of camp.

Practice sessions on Friday and Saturday are closed to the public. Sunday's sessions from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at KeyBank Center are open to the public.

 

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Sabres announce training camp roster

Players report to KeyBank Center on Thursday, Sept. 12

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the roster for the team's training camp, which begins Thursday, Sept. 12, when players are scheduled to report for testing and physicals. Training camp will be held primarily at KeyBank Center, with sessions on Sunday, Sept. 15, Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27 open to the public.

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