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Sabres, Penguins face off at 4 p.m.

NHL: SEP 21 Preseason - Maple Leafs at Sabres Photo by Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Preseason Game 6

Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Puck Drop: 4:00 PM | PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA

TV: MSG (carrying the AT&T Sports feed)

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Penguins blog: Pensburgh

What to Watch

1. No Sheary, Ristolainen

Both Conor Sheary and Rasmus Ristolainen are out of the lineup for the Sabres for Saturday’s preseason finale against the Penguins. Sheary is a bit of a surprise; he has a lower-body injury, but appeared likely to play on Saturday. Of course, it could be nothing more than a precautionary move to keep him healthy for the regular season.

2. The final test

This afternoon’s game is the final chance for the Sabres to test things out before the regular season opens. They appear to mostly have their regular-season roster in place, but there are still a few players fighting for a spot. Teams have just a few days before they have to be cap-compliant, and fringe players like Remi Elie, Curtis Lazar, John Gilmour and Tage Thompson have one more chance to showcase to head coach Ralph Krueger and his crew just what they can do.

The Sabres will then prepare for the regular season, which they’ll open against this same Penguins team on Thursday in Pittsburgh, before hosting the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, October 5 at KeyBank Center.

Projected Lineup

Forwards

Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Vladimir Sobotka

Scott Wilson - Evan Rodrigues - Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Curtis Lazar

Remi Elie - Rasmus Asplund - Tage Thompson

Rasmus Dahlin - William Borgen

Marco Scandella - Colin Miller

Casey Nelson - Henri Jokiharju

John Gilmour

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark