By Mike Harrington
The Sabres are essentially flipping squads for tonight's game in Columbus, with the players who didn't go to Sunday's shootout win in Montreal making their preseason debuts tonight. There are three notable exceptions: Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons, last year's two No. 1 picks, are in the lineup again tonight after having key roles in Sunday's win, and so is goaltender Matt Hackett.
Grigorenko had a pedestrian game until scoring the shootout winner, while Girgensons was the Sabres' top forward with two goals. The most interesting debut tonight will be winger Joel Armia, the 2011 No. 1 pick. He'll be playing with Tyler Ennis and Johan Larsson.
Veterans making preseason debuts tonight include goalie Ryan Miller, the team's top defense pair (Christian Ehrhoff-Tyler Myers) and top forward line (Marcus Foligno-Cody Hodgson-Thomas Vanek), Tyler Ennis and John Scott.
The look at the team's morning skate in First Niagara Center went like this:
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