Buffalo Sabres fans can expect pretty close to game conditions when they attend tonight's scrimmage at the First Niagara Center.
Coach Lindy Ruff said players from Rochester will be recalled to take part. The game will feature three lines per side and three 15-minute periods. The game is being held the second day of camp in order to simulate the game-time atmosphere that wasn't present at unofficial workouts during the lockout, Ruff said:
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"There will be hitting. We don't want to hurt each other, but you need to be hitting. We want body contact. We want hard contact … the players need that. The players need the pressure, to know they're going to be hit."
Ruff hasn't officially designated all four lines, but these are the lines featured during the first day of training camp Sunday. The first two lines are pretty much set in stone to start the season, he said.
- Thomas Vanek-Cody Hodgson-Jason Pominville
- Marcus Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford
- Steve Ott-Mikhail Grigorenko-Ville Leino
- John Scott-Matt Ellis-Cody McCormick
- Nathan Gerbe-Jochen Hecht-Patrick Kaleta
Fans can enter the arena Monday and park in the arena lot for free. Concessions will be offered at reduced prices, and the Sabres Store will have all items marked down 50 percent.
Camp continues with daily open practices from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.