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[open thread] Sabres vs. Leafs

Time: 7:30 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

Sabres Notes:

Ended a three game losing streak with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night...Clarke MacArthur scored the game winner in his first game after being called up from Rochester...Jaro Spacek will return to the Sabres lineup tonight after recovering from a shoulder injury...Mike Weber was sent back to Rochester which means that  Andrej Sekera will stay in the lineup despite a minus seven rating...Sabres are tied for sixth in the league on the power play...4-3 at home this season...they are a minus six in 5-on-5 situations...Ales Kotalik scored a PP goal against Boston to give him three on the season

Leafs Notes::  

The Leafs will get both Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker back into their lineup tonight...Leafs power play is ranked 27th in the league...Penalty kill isn't much better at 22nd in the league...Nik Antropov is off to an unbelievable start leading the team in goals (9), plus/minus (+9) and Penalty minutes (32)...3-3-1 on the road this season...have allowed an average of 32.4 shots/game and 3.8 goals/game

Fast Fact:

The Sabres won the only other meeting between the two teams this season.  The final score was 5-4 and Bryan McCabe took a lot of heat for shooting it into his own net.

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy, Jason Pominville 5
  • Points: Brian Campbell, Tim Connolly 12
  • +/-: Jaro Spacek, Daniel Paille +2
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 32

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Goals: Nik Antropov 9
  • Points: Mats Sundin 21
  • +/-: Nik Antropov +9
  • PIM: Nik Antropov 32

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 21-Stafford
55-Hecht, 41-MacArthur, 29-Pominville
12-Kotalik, 28-Gaustad, 61-Afinogenov
20-Paille, 37-Ryan, 76-Peters

Buffalo Defensemen
6-Spacek, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder

30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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