BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Sabres hit the ice for practice Thursday in preparation for the preseason finale Friday at Carolina. An injury note, forward Joel Armia is out indefinitely - he was slashed and suffered a broken hand against Columbus.
Still trying to push for a spot on the team in the final days of camp are the Sabres two first round draft picks, defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. Zadorov signed his entry level deal Wednesday. The pair of 18-year-olds have made strides in adjusting to the NHL game.
"More up and down, it's different in Finland, we go forward, back and keep the puck, so there's bigger ice so there's more time," Ristolainen said.
"They say just keep working hard and play hard every game, every shift and do your job, play like how you can," Zadorov said. "I think I can play in the NHL and I'm ready for this, I'm going to show how I can do."
Marcus Foligno got in conditioning work at the end of practice, he has a muscle strain but is expected to be ready for the season opener in Detroit.