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Sabres' Wilson ready for home debut after successful trip

Buffalo fans will get their first look at forward Scott Wilson on Tuesday. Phil Housley has a feeling they'll like what they see.

"He plays the game the right way in all aspects," the Sabres' coach said in KeyBank Center. "He's a terrific forechecker. He finishes all his checks. He goes to the net hard. I think he provides really good energy."

The Sabres acquired Wilson from Detroit on Dec. 4, and the forward played all three games of their road trip. He has one assist, one shot and is plus-2 while skating 14:12 per night.

He'll skate with left wing Jordan Nolan and center Johan Larsson when Buffalo hosts Ottawa on Tuesday night.

"I'll be excited to be in the new home here," Wilson said after the morning skate. "It was kind of nice being on the road a little bit with the guys just to get to know them and get some games under my belt.

"The guys have been awesome, a warm welcome from them so it's been easy for me."

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Wilson will have family in attendance as his parents and his fiancée's parents will drive down from the Toronto area. They'll be watching a team that earned four of six points during the trip to Colorado, Chicago and St. Louis.

"It was a pretty successful road trip," Wilson said. "We've been finding ways to get points, which is big. A lot of the good teams find ways late in games to steal that extra point. I think we're in the right direction.

"Obviously, it's a slow process to find the consistency all the time."

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Before his 17-game stay with Detroit, Wilson spent five seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization. He has two Stanley Cups on his résumé and learned a lot watching Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Co. He hopes his new team follows suit.

"Just being in every battle," Wilson said. "Compete level is one thing I learned in Pittsburgh. Even the best players in the world are competing just as hard as you are, so I think just compete and finding that routine that gets you ready to go at the beginning of the game."

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