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Morning Skate: It's Finally Game Day

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I'm not sure which wait was longer.  The off-season wait after the Sabres missed the playoffs, the wait between the pre-season and the regular season or the wait between the opener last Saturday and tonight's game?  I'm sure it was the off-season but it does feel like a long time ago when the Sabres played last.

Here are some links to start off your day. Zach will have a preview up later today and I will have the game thread ready before faceoff.

Sabres Edge: Lydman doubtful, Mair cleared
No lineup changes are expected. Mair is ready to go but will likely sit out another game. Lydman will go to IR to make room for Mair on the roster.


Buffalo named 40th-best sports city - Business First of Buffalo:
Buffalo named 40th-best sports city. This is a two-spot jump for the city over last years rankings. The article also takes a look at rankings dating back to 2003.

Portland Pirates - News Release
Tickets will go on sale this morning for the Pirates game against the Rochester Americans on November 12 at the HSBC Arena. - The #1 Source On the Future Blue & Gold: 10/6 recap: McNabb extends, plays Raider hater
Bakes has a look at some Sabres prospects and the link includes a video for a fight by Brayden McNabb in a WHL game.

East Aurora limits rink’s music hours : Home: The Buffalo News
The Winter Classic rink has a home in East Aurora for the second consecutive year. There are some people in the community that are not pleased with the rink being there and have made their complaints public. The rink has taken steps to make the rink more community friendly.

Pass or Fail: NHL legend LaFontaine's radical power-play idea - Puck Daddy - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
Last week we talked to Pat LaFontaine on this site and this week he has some radical ideas for the power play. This is a must read on Puck Daddy if you are interested in knowing about these radical changes.

The 09-10 Columbus Sabres - The Cannon
A comparison between the 06-07 Sabres and the 09-10 Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sabres Edge: DiPenta gets one-game ban in Portland
This is a ridiculous slash by Dipenta. He deserved much more than a one game suspension for that slash.

Bruins sign Milan Lucic to 3 year extension - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Bruins re-sign fan favorite Milan Lucic. This means the Sabres will see him at least 18 times over the next three years. I guess it would 24 times including this year.