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Game Day: Sabres at Pittsburgh for penultimate preseason game

It's the penultimate preseason game for the Buffalo Sabres and the squad heading to Pittsburgh for the game at 7 p.m. Wednesday will have their hands full with a stacked Penguins lineup. The Sabres skated Wednesday morning at KeyBank Center before heading to Pittsburgh. Here's what you need to know:

1. The Sabres lineup: There were three forward lines at the morning skate for the Sabres with Vladimir Sobotka centering Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville; Johan Larsson between Scott Wilson and Nicholas Baptiste; and Rasmus Asplund between Victor Olofsson and Tage Thompson. On the game-day roster but not skating, since they played the preseason game in Clinton Tuesday night, are Alexander Nylander, Casey Mitteldstadt and Justin Bailey.

Defensively for the Sabres it looks like Nathan Beaulieu with Taylor Fedun; Marco Scandella with Rasmus Ristolainen; and Lawrence Pilut with Matt Tennyson. Linus Ullmark will be in goal backed up by Scott Wedgewood.

2. The Penguins lineup: Sidney Crosby will play Wednesday night against the Sabres. At the Pens morning skate he was with Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist. Evegeni Malkin centered Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin. Derick Brassard was between Dominik Simon and Bryan Rust, while Riley Sheahan was between Matt Cullen and Daniel Sprong.

Defensive pairings were: Brian Dumoulin-Kris Letang, Olli Maatta-Adam Johnson, Jamie Oleksiak-Juuso Riikola and Chad Ruhwedel-Zach Trotman.

3. Bogosian day-to-day. Defenseman Zach Bogosian did not play in most of the third period of Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Clinton. He was not on the ice Wednesday either.

"Zach is going to be re-evaluated today so right now he's more a day-to-day," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "We'll know more later on today but right now he's day-to-day."

Housley said it's a lower body injury but not related to the hip injury which required surgery in February and kept him out of the lineup the remainder of the year.

"Obviously he's put a lot of time and work in this summer," Housley said. "He changed his training routine and he's done a terrific job. He's been really good in camp. It's unfortunate but again be cautious with everything."

The Wraparound: Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 2

4. Radio only. The game will not be televised in the Buffalo market. It will be broadcast on WGR 550.

5. Preseason recap: The Sabres opened their exhibition slate with back-to-back wins against Columbus and Pittsburgh, then dropped three straight – two to Toronto and one to Columbus. Jack Eichel leads the team with four points (one goal, three assists) in four games. Buffalo's 14 goals through four games have come from 13 different scorers with Andrew Oglevie the Sabre with two goals to his name.

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