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Pegula Ice Arena ready for Sabres, Wild

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The shiny palace known as Pegula Ice Arena is ready for its closeup.

The Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild will face off Monday night in one of the houses Terry built. The preseason opener for both teams will be the first NHL game played in the Penn State arena. It opened in 2013 thanks to a $102 million donation from Terry and Kim Pegula.

Like the Pegula-funded HarborCenter, Pegula Ice Arena is a dual-rink facility. There’s a main rink that seats more than 6,000 fans, plus a practice rink for the Division I hockey team and residents of Happy Valley.

Here’s a look:

Meanwhile, in Buffalo, the Sabres held a morning skate before flying to State College. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told reporters that goaltender Anders Nilsson will start in net and play two periods. Linus Ullmark is scheduled to play the third.

The morning skate lines and defense pairs:

Evander Kane-Johan Larsson-Sam Reinhart
Marcus Foligno-Zemgus Girgensons-Brian Gionta
Cole Schneider-Cal O’Reilly-Alexander Nylander
Justin Bailey-Giorgio Estephan-William Carrier

Josh Gorges-Casey Nelson
Brendan Guhle-Justin Falk
Brady Austin-Erik Burdoerfer

The 7 p.m. game will not be televised but will be available on Radio WGR-AM 550.

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