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Preview & Game Thread: Buffalo Sabres return home to host Leafs

Sabres look to rebound after tough Friday night loss.

Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

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What to Watch

1. Final Home Preseason Game

For Sabres fans in Buffalo, this is your last chance to see the team in person in game action prior to the regular season’s start. After tonight’s game, the Sabres will play three additional preseason games, but all on the road. They’ll travel to Clinton, NY for the Kraft Hockeyville USA game, and then visit the Penguins and Islanders (in Oshawa, Ontario).

2. A Different Leafs Squad

Tonight’s opponent will be a completely different roster than last night’s. The Leafs aren’t dressing guys like Connor Brown, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly or John Tavares tonight.

Instead, we’ll see players like Auston Matthews, Patrick Marleau, Nikita Zaitsev and Jeremy Bracco. Frederik Andersen and Calvin Pickard will be the Leafs’ goaltenders tonight against Buffalo.

3. Tonight’s Roster

Similarly, the Sabres roster for tonight’s game will include a handful of guys who didn’t play last night in Toronto. Among those expected to dress tonight: Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin and Jeff Skinner. shared this potential lineup:

53 Jeff Skinner - 9 Jack Eichel - 29 Jason Pominville

71 Evan Rodrigues - 10 Patrik Berglund - 23 Sam Reinhart

95 Justin Bailey - 22 Johan Larsson - 21 Kyle Okposo

20 Scott Wilson - 51 Kyle Criscuolo - 65 Danny O’Regan / 64 Tyler Randell


6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

26 Rasmus Dahlin - 19 Jake McCabe

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 4 Zach Bogosian

33 William Borgen


40 Carter Hutton

31 Scott Wedgewood

50 Michael Houser

UPDATE (10:44 am) - We have an lineup from the morning skate.