November 25, 2011; Columbus, OH, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) checks Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin (6) off the puck during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus defeated Buffalo 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

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The Columbus Blue Jackets continue their preseason against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 PM, as the Blue Jackets look to extend their success in the early stages of preseason. Want to purchase tickets for tonight’s game? Click here! 

I understand that the preseason isn’t all about wins and losses, but more about finding chemistry early and the potential of rookies making an impression. It is nice to see the team gain some confidence early though and hopefully they can maintain that confidence during the beginning of the season. We all know how a team starts the season could make or break the rest of the year.

Tonight we will see some new faces on the ice, compared to the previous game against the Penguins. Boone Jenner, Jack Johnson, and Sergei Bobrovsky are just a few of the players that will be making their first appearance during preseason play tonight. Artem Anisimov, and R.J. Umberger, who played on Sunday against the Pens, are also part of the roster tonight. Nick Foligno will also be apart of the Blue Jackets roster tonight, and will face off against his younger brother Marcus Foligno who plays for the Sabres.

Sep 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko (28) scores the winning goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Zachary Fucale (70) during a shootout at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Sabres come into tonight 1-0 in preseason, winning their first game against the Montreal Canadians 5-4 in a shootout. The Sabres were carried by Zemgus Girgensons and Mikhail Grigorenko. Girgensons had two goals in the game and Grigorenko had the game winning goal in the shootout for the Sabres, and it was quite nice I must say.

Hopefully we will see the same intensity or more from tonight’s group as we saw from the team that played against the Penguins, seeing as there is several roster changes, as expected in preseason. Speaking of which, another group of Blue Jackets will be playing in Minnesota against the Wild. That game is set to start at 8 PM.

Also something to note, don’t be surprised if some cuts come after this game. Other teams have already announced cuts and I would assume Columbus will follow suit very soon.

For a full roster list for tonight’s game visit BlueJackets.NHL.com.

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