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Preview: Sabres host the Blue Jackets in the final home game of the preseason

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Sabres are sending almost a full NHL lineup out tonight against Columbus

NHL: SEP 17 Preseason - Sabres at Blue Jackets Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Preseason Game 5

Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: Jackets Cannon

What to Watch

1. NHL Lineup

The Sabres will be without Jake McCabe, Conor Sheary, and John Larsson tonight. However, outside of that they’ll be sending out a lineup that will probably look similar to the one we see on opening night. The Blue Jackets on the other hand are sending an AHL lineup to face the Sabres.

2. Gilmour’s big chance?

With McCabe out with an injury, tonight may be John Gilmour’s chance to lock up a roster spot to at least start the season. He’ll be paired with Colin Miller tonight.

Projected Lineup

Forwards

Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Evan Rodrigues

Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons - Vladimir Sobotka - Tage Thompson

Defense

Rasmus Dahlin - Rasmus Ristolainen

John Gilmour - Colin Miller

Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton