Buffalo Sabres (17-8-3) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (19-8-0)
Puck Drop: 7:30 PM | Keybank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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Toronto Maple Leafs
Record: (19-8-0) | 38 PTS
Last 10: 8-2-0
Division Ranking: 2nd in the Atlantic Division
Conference Ranking: 2nd in the Eastern Conference
PP: 3rd (29.0%)
PK: 16th (75.1%)
What to Watch
1. Reinhart Stays Hot
Despite the Sabres inability to put together a full 60-minute effort as of late, Sam Reinhart has at least done his part.
Reinhart has 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist) in his last three games.
Coming into Tuesday night’s game against Toronto, Reinhart has a three-game goal scoring streak. Buffalo will need Reinhart to stay hot if they want a chance against a strong Maple Leafs squad.
2. Calling on Jack
Jack Eichel finds himself in another semi-scoring slump.
This time, Eichel has not scored in the Sabres last seven games, despite putting up 29 combined shots in those games. Eichel’s season shooting percentage is down to 4.3%.
Going back further, Eichel has only scored once in the last 16 games. The offense will need Eichel to figure out his shot sooner or later, if they plan on getting hot again.
3. Good Injury News?
Conor Sheary did participate in practice this week and was close to a return.
Jason Pominville himself said that a return to the lineup Tuesday night was possible.
If the Sabres get these two back in the lineup, one can only hope that good news on the injury front could provide a much-needed shot in the arm.
Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo
Tage Thompson - Evan Rodrigues - Vladimir Sobotka
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Patrik Berglund
Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian
Lawrence Pilut - Rasmus Ristolainen
Nathan Beaulieu - Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark
Toronto Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau - Auston Matthews - Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis - Frederik Gauthier - Par Lindholm
Morgan Reilly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott - Igor Ozhiganov
Starting Goaltender: Frederik Andersen