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Sabres Game Day: Injury list grows, Dahlin debuts, Eichel ready to play

It's just the second preseason game for the Buffalo Sabres, but the injury report already is not good.

Conor Sheary was listed as week to week with an upper body injury. Sean Malone is out six weeks with a knee injury that he suffered in Monday's preseason win in Columbus. Matt Hunwick is out indefinitely with a neck injury.

After Tuesday's morning skate in KeyBank Center in advance of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., MSG, Radio 550), Sabres coach Phil Housley discussed the injuries.

On Sheary: "Just in the first day, he took a hit the wrong way. We're making sure that we stay on top of that but right now it's week to week," Housley said. Sheary and Hunwick were acquired by the Sabres from the Penguins in a summer trade.

"It's disappointing for anyone who has a strong chance of making our team and being able to contribute," Housley said. "I feel it's bad for (Sheary) because it's a new player coming to a new team trying to make a good impression and it's just unfortunate."

On Malone: "He's been battling injuries the last couple of years with his upper body and just a fluke thing for him and it's disappointing because I thought every day was better," Housley said. "Certainly in the game he was bringing some speed and tenacity. You have to feel for him."

On Hunwick: "Well you read the injury report, so he's going to be out for a little bit of time here," Housley said.

Meanwhile, Zach Bogosian did not skate Tuesday, although he wasn't listed on the official injury report. The defenseman is returning from hip surgery he had in February.

"He's just a precautionary," Housley said. "He's day to day but he skated the other day. He'll probably skate tomorrow but we're just trying to monitor that, stay ahead of it. Anybody who comes off a surgery like that we want to make sure we're careful about those things."

Dahlin's debut: Top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin will be making his Sabres preseason debut Tuesday night.

The defenseman will likely be paired with Jake McCabe and the soft-spoken Swede was low-key in his pregame comments.

"I'm just going to go out there and have fun," Dahlin said. "Playing in KeyBank with the Sabres, it's going to be exciting. Just go out there and be confident and have fun. That’s the main thing, enjoy my first game here. I think being confident, that’s an important thing."

Housley said Dahlin can help himself "just by keeping it simple and let his instincts take over. It's going to be exciting for him. He's going to have nerves. He's going to have anxieties. Just play his game. He's got very good poise with the puck and the thing I'm looking for is just his defensive reads, his gaps, really good stick detail. I think once he settles in, you get those first two shifts under your belt, he'll feel more comfortable."

Jack is back: Jack Eichel is ready to play.

The center is ready to take the optimism of the first few days of training camp into a game situation.

"Everyone's excited," Eichel said. "You get excited every year. You're excited to be back."

"You're just getting out there trying to get your legs under you, trying to get the pace of play," Eichel said. "You know everything is not going to be perfect. It's not going to be as crisp as it will be in the regular season. You just make sure you're competing, you try to take the things we've been working on in practice the last few days into the game. We'll just see how we go. Obviously it's important to build off this but you just try to prepare yourself for the season."

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