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Five Things to Know as Sabres meet Penguins at Penn State

The Sabres are heading back to one of the houses Terry built.

For the second straight preseason, Buffalo will make itself at home in Pegula Ice Arena. The Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins will face off at 7 p.m. on the Penn State campus.

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Here are Five Things to Know about the Sabres' second preseason game.

1. Jack Eichel is in.

The Sabres are sending their top line. Here were the forward units and defense pairings from the morning skate in KeyBank Center:

Evander Kane-Jack Eichel-Jason Pominville
Matt Moulson-Johan Larsson-Hudson Fasching
Seth Griffith-Jacob Josefson-Nick Baptiste
Nicolas Deslauriers-Kevin Porter-Justin Bailey

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Nathan Beaulieu-Zach Bogosian
Justin Falk-Victor Antipin
Josh Gorges-Matt Tennyson

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2. Chad Johnson returns.

The Sabres are expected to start goaltender Chad Johnson. He is back after spending last season with Calgary. Johnson went 22-16-4 with the Sabres in 2015-16, putting up a .920 save percentage.

Adam Wilcox, signed to split the crease with Linus Ullmark in Rochester, is also making the trip.

The Sabres used both of their goalies during their 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina in the preseason opener Monday. Starter Robin Lehner played 40 minutes, and Ullmark played the third period and overtime.

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3. Pittsburgh's stars are staying home.

The Penguins' lineup looks similar to the one they used during the Sabres' Prospects Challenge. There's no Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang or Matt Murray.

The forwards will be Jay McClement, Bryan Rust, Greg McKegg, Daniel Sprong, Josh Archibald, Zach Aston-Reese, Teddy Blueger, Thomas Di Pauli, Carl Hagelin, Jordy Bellerive, Freddie Tiffels and Sam Miletic.

The defense will be Chad Ruhwedel, Olli Maatta, Matt Hunwick, Jarred Tinordi, Kevin Czuczman and Derrick Pouliot.

Antti Niemi and Casey DeSmith are the goalies making the trip.

4. There will be a lot of power plays.

The Sabres had seven power plays and Carolina had three during Monday's matchup. Half of the calls were for slashing or faceoff violations – two areas where the NHL plans to crack down.

Centers must stay behind the lines in the faceoff circle on draws or get a two-minute minor. George Parros, the new head of player safety, wants guys to keep their sticks off the hands of the opponents.

"It's definitely different, that's for sure," said Sabres center Evan Rodrigues, who played Monday. "You can't play with your stick up in the air anymore. It's got to be on the ice. Anything around the hands is going to get called.

"If this is any indication of how the year's going to go, there's going to be some high offense created because it's hard. You can't put your stick in there anywhere now, and guys are going to have a lot more room to create offense."

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5. The game can be heard but not seen.

The matchup will be broadcast on WGR-AM 550. It's a sellout.

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