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Sabres assign 5 to Amerks

Rochester to host Marlies tonight at Harborcenter

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres have assigned forwards Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson, defensemen Will Borgen and Taylor Fedun, and goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.  

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Sabres unable to hold off Columbus power play in Hockeyville USA game

Blue Jackets score 3 power-play goals in win over Sabres in preseason game in Clinton, NY

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

CLINTON, NEW YORK - If you include standing room only, the locals of Clinton, N.Y., a town with a population under 2,000, say their community rink can hold about 2,600 fans. Tuesday night, Clinton Arena was filled to capacity as the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets played a preseason game in the 64-year-old building as part of the fourth annual Kraft Hockeyville USA.

Casey Nelson and Sam Reinhart scored for Buffalo, but three power-play goals against ultimately led to a 4-2 Blue Jackets victory. The Sabres are now 2-3-0 in the preseason after winning their first two contests.

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Sabres soaking in Kraft Hockeyville USA experience

Coach Phil Housley to try out new line combinations and defensive pairings

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

CLINTON, NEW YORK - The kids were out of school and at the rink for the Buffalo Sabres' special morning skate at Clinton Arena on Tuesday, and they made their presence known. 

Clinton natives braved rainy weather to greet players on the red carpet for autographs as they made their way into the rink. 

And once inside, with a DJ blasting tunes over the speakers and hundreds of screaming young hockey fans in the stands, the Sabres took the ice to a lot of noise prior to their preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Sabres announce roster for Kraft Hockeyville USA preseason game

Eichel, Dahlin headline Sabres lineup against Columbus

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley said he'd try to cram as many American players into tonight's preseason lineup as possible because it's the annual Kraft Hockeyville USA game.

True to his word, six U.S.-born forwards (Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Casey Mittelstadt, Justin Bailey, C.J. Smith and Andrew Oglevie) and four U.S.-born defensemen (Zach Bogosian, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson and William Borgen) are on the roster.

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Smith making most of opportunities at training camp

Forward looks to stand out in crowded field of young players

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

C.J. Smith gives himself the same advice every day: take advantage of opportunities given.

After appearing in the AHL All-Star Game for Rochester as a first-year pro last season, opportunity looms large for Smith at training camp. He's trying to stand out in a crowded field of young forwards who are looking to claim a spot on the NHL roster. 

So far, so good. 

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Reinhart tallies 2 points in preseason debut vs. Leafs

Dahlin experiences growing pains; Hutton shows puck-moving skills

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Watching Sam Reinhart set a perfectly-timed screen on Saturday night, it was as if he hadn't missed a beat during his week away from training camp. 

While the Buffalo Sabres did find areas to improve in their 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Reinhart was excellent in his preseason debut. He notched two assists, tallied a team-high six shots and set the screen that led to a power-play goal from Kyle Okposo in the first period. 

"I thought he was one of our best forwards," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He looked very comfortable, he fit right in. He was on the puck, he was making plays. He was trying to make a difference tonight."

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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 /

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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Sabres respond to slow start, but fall short in Toronto

Young lineup looks to take lessons from loss to Leafs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

TORONTO - Linus Ullmark offered the most succinct description of the way the Buffalo Sabres began their game at Scotiabank Arena on Friday night. 

"We were off to a really good start," the goaltender said. "And then it turned into a bad start."

Andrew Oglevie opened the scoring for the Sabres thirty seconds into the contest, only to see the Toronto Maple Leafs answer with a barrage of three goals over the next 3:11. The end result was a 5-3 loss, but when it was all said and done the Sabres' response stood out more than the start itself.

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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 /

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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Reinhart thrilled to return after 'challenging' week away

Bogosian also returns for practice at Harborcenter

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

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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