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Sabres at Leafs preview: Eichel out, Cantenacci recalled, Gauthier debuts

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Some new faces will be on the ice as the Sabres and Leafs face off again.

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Game #73

Buffalo Sabres (29-33-10) at
Toronto Maple Leafs (24-35-11)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Air Canada Centre | Toronto, ON
TV: MSG, CBC, CITY, NHL.TV | Radio: WGR 550
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Three Questions

1. Who is Catenacci replacing?

Danny C was just recalled by the Sabres, but it has not been announced as of this posting who is out.

Update: It's Eichel with the flu NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2. Will the Sabres bring just as good an effort as they had yesterday?

Buffalo played one of their best games of the season last year in a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Goals from Reinhart, Deslauriers, and Bogosian, each of whom is on a bit of a hot streak, led the way and a solid effort from Chad Johnson sealed the victory. Another strong effort tonight, on a back-to-back and against the Leafs' AHL lineup would be a welcome sight.

3. How will Frederik Gauthier look in his NHL debut?

The Leafs called up their first round pick in the 2013 draft, and the massive Gauthier - he's 6'5'' - will join a number of his Marlies teammates on the ice tonight in Toronto. Welcome to the NHL kid, now here's Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel.

Projected BUF lines

Kane - O'Reilly - Deslauriers
Girgensons - Eichel - Reinhart
Foligno - Larsson - Gionta
Catenacci - Legwand - Moulson

Gorges - Ristolainen
McCabe - Bogosian
Colaiacovo - Pysyk

Goal: Chad Johnson