The ice is back in HSBC Arena, and so are the prospects. And once fans are allowed in Saturday morning for "PuckDrop 2009," they'll be able to see the players better.
The Sabres announced they have installed new dasher boards and glass for this season, designed to give spectators a clearer view of the action. Each plexiglas panel used to be 4 feet wide all the way around the rink. Now, the panels are 8 feet wide on the sides and 5 feet wide in the corners, meaning fewer interruptions for the sightlines.
Here's a look at the boards, glass and ice being installed. Worth noting is the return of the original logo at center ice for the second straight season.