HELSINKI, Finland -- The Sabres have taken the ice in Hartwall Arena for their final practice of the preseason. Starting Friday, everything is for real with the morning skate and the regular-season opener against the Anaheim Ducks.
There are no surprises on the ice. The three goalies and seven defensemen are skating, Jochen Hecht (concussion) is in a no-contact role and Matt Ellis is without a line. The lines are the same they've been for days:
Thomas Vanek-Luke Adam-Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe-Derek Roy-Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis-Ville Leino-Brad Boyes
Cody McCormick-Paul Gaustad-Patrick Kaleta
The Ducks are also set to skate this morning in the practice rink in Hartwall Arena, which is actually two floors below the regular rink.