Preview: Sabres visit the Blue Jackets in their second preseason matchup

The second half of the Sabres preseason roster faces the Blue Jackets tonight

Preseason Game 2

Buffalo Sabres (1-0-0) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH

TV: Local stream on

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: Jackets Cannon

What to Watch

1. Pushing for roster spots

Last night the Sabres featured a pretty heavy NHL lineup. That won’t be the case tonight in Columbus. However, there will still be some players to keep an eye on. Players like Rasmus Asplund, Arttu Ruotsalainen, and C.J. Smith will look to continue their push for the final roster spots.

2. Casey and Sam

Tonight we’ll get the first look at a forward pair that could be a thing during the regular season. Casey Mittelstadt and Sam Reinhart will be playing together on the Sabres top line. They’ll be joined by Smith on that line.

Buffalo Sabres


C.J. Smith - Casey Mittelstadt - Sam Reinhart

Victor Olofsson - Rasmus Asplund - Kyle Olsen

Scott Wilson - Arttu Ruotsalainen - JS Dea

Matej Pekar - Vlad Sobotka - Kyle Okposo


Jake McCabe - Brandon Montour

Casey Fitzgerald - Brandon Hickey

Will Borgen - Jacob Bryson


Linus Ullmark

Andrew Hammond