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Game Day Thread: Sabres vs. Blue Jackets (Preseason)

Sep 30, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his goal with right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and right wing Tage Thompson (72) during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres return to action tonight for their penultimate preseason game. It’s a rematch with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but both teams will dress rosters much closer to their NHL-ready squads tonight as opposed to Saturday. Buffalo won that game 4-3 after wiping out a 3-0 deficit.

The Sabres’ roster is nearly set, as the team assigned Jiri Kulich and Isak Rosen to the Rochester Americans earlier today. They also assigned Brett Murray to Rochester, but he’ll have to clear waivers first.

How to Watch: 7 p.m., Sabres.com (WGR550 radio)

Players in italics also played in the last matchup between these two teams.

Buffalo Sabres Roster

Forwards: Zach Benson, Brandon Biro, Dylan Cozens, Zemgus Girgensons, Jordan Greenway, Tyson Jost, Peyton Krebs, Casey Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo, Victor Olofsson, JJ Peterka, Lukas Rousek, Alex Tuch

Defense: Kale Clague, Connor Clifton, Rasmus Dahlin, Erik Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Owen Power, Mattias Samuelsson

Goalies: Eric Comrie, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (UPL expected to play entire game)

Columbus Blue Jackets Roster

Forwards: Cole Sillinger, Sean Kuraly, Adam Fantilli, Johnny Gaudreau, Justin Danforth, Patrik Laine, Boone Jenner, Alexandre Texier, Eric Robinson, Emil Bemstrom, Kirill Marchenko, Kent Johnson

Defense: Andrew Peeke, Zach Werenski, Ivan Provorov, Jake Bean, Erik Gudbranson, Damon Severson

Goalies: Pavel Cajan, Elvis Merzlikins

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