Sabres piece lineup together ahead of Thursday's season opener

Curtis Lazar returned to practice Wednesday ahead of Buffalo's matchup with Washington
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By WGR 550 SportsRadio

The Buffalo Sabres held their final practice before Thursday’s first game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at KeyBank Center.

Forward Curtis Lazar returned to practice after missing two days due to a lower-body injury. Kyle Okposo left practice early on Tuesday with a lower-body injury and didn’t practice.

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said Lazar is feeling good and ready to play, while adding that they will make an assessment on Okposo on Thursday morning.

The Sabres had to jump through some hoops with their roster to get salary cap compliant for the 2020-21 season.

Forward Brandon Biro was called up at 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, but he wasn’t at practice on Wednesday.

Jack Quinn is not on the Sabres' taxi squad, and he didn’t practice with the main group. Instead, was over at Harborcenter practicing with Amerks players waiting for the beginning of their training camp on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

“We’re keeping him fit around the Harborcenter, and Rochester is kicking off [training camp] Friday, so we haven’t made a final decision yet on Jack," said Krueger following Wednesday's practice. "He did skate with the taxi squad, where we will have him positioned eventually.”

Forward Riley Sheahan is listed at CapFriendly as a NHL non-roster player, and he did not have a line to play on in practice.

Here's a look at Wednesday’s lines:

Forwards:
Hall - Eichel - Thompson
Olofsson - Staal - Reinhart
Rieder - Eakin - Cozens
Skinner - Lazar - Asplund
Sheahan

Defense:
McCabe - Ristolainen
Dahlin - Montour
Miller - Jokiharju
Irwin - Borgen

The Sabres weren’t on the ice as long on Wednesday with off-ice meetings after practice being stressed.

Krueger wasn’t about to say whether Linus Ullmark or Carter Hutton will be in goal on Thursday, but it sounds like both will play in the two-game series against Washington.

Check back later at WGR550.com for my Sabres season preview.