Sabres host the Leafs with a better lineup

Prospect Cliff Pu gets sent back to juniors with the London Knights

Paul Hamilton
September 23, 2017 - 11:29 am

Photo courtesy of @buffalosabres


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Phil Housley has switched up his groups the past three days which has also switched up his game lines. Three players that played Friday in Toronto will also play against the Leafs tonight. Victor Antipin will move back to the right side and be paired with Josh Gorges.

Nick Deslauriers goes back-to-back and will be on the left wing with Kyle Criscuolo at center and and Justin Bailey on the right wing. Johan Larsson goes back to center with C.J. Smith on the left and Hudson Fasching on the right.


The rest of tonight’s lineup:

Moulson - Eichel - Okposo

Kane - Reinhart - Pominville

Beaulieu - Ristolainen

Guhle - Tennyson

Lehner - Johnson


Sam Reinhart played his first preseason game with Matt Moulson and Stevie Moses. Now he gets his chance between Evander Kane and Jason Pominville. Reinhart just thinks things around the Buffalo Sabres are so much different, “On a mental note, guys are a lot more excited coming in, a lot of fresh faces, so it’s making it nice for me to come back to a change and everyone’s on the same page.”

Reinhart feels he put a good summer of work in, but its not something that he wants to talk about, “One thing we’ve been talking about is letting our play do the talking, we know we have a lot to prove and you can stand here and say, 'I had the best summer of my life, I’m ready,' but we’re all going to let the play do the talking.”

Reinhart has only been a center in this camp which is the position he played in junior. Reinhart is OK with moving back to the middle, “You guys know more than anybody, that I did my whole career back and forth. I’ve been ready for it.”

“I’m excited about starting here, get my legs under me, get to feel the puck a little bit more and whatever happens, happens.”

This is the first game Reinhart has gotten a chance to play on a line with Pominville. With Brian Gionta not being offered a contract, Pominville will need to step into that role. Reinhart is happy number 29 is back, “The respect he has from the whole locker room right when he walks in. Guys look to follow him and guys look to follow his work ethic and his approach to the game on a daily basis, so he’s another guy for me and a lot of the young guys to look up to.”

Cliff Pu got to play in Toronto on Friday which is a dream come true for the 19-year-old. Pu earned himself two preseason games and had one assist. On Saturday, he was sent back to junior and the London Knights.

Marco Scandella practiced for the second straight day, but won’t play tonight.

Join Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray for all the action tonight beginning at 7:00 on WGR Sports Radio 550.

Pre-sale tickets for the World Junior Tournament outdoor game are on sale now to Sabres season ticket holders.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday at 10 a.m. The prices will follow the dynamic pricing model.

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