Game Preview: Sabres look for a win against Leafs
Toronto blows into town while Buffalo looks to start a streak
Buffalo Sabres (31-32-9) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (43-25-5)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center| Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
Toronto Maple Leafs
Record: (43-25-5) | 91 points
Last 10: 4-5-1
Division Ranking: 3rd in the Atlantic Division
Conference Ranking: 4th in the Eastern Conference
PP: 7th (22.8%)
PK: 13th (81.1%)
What to Watch
1. Looking for a streak
We all know the Sabres haven’t won consecutive games in a long time. Well, they’ve got a chance to do just that tonight with a win against Toronto. After being shut out for what felt like forever, the Sabres finally managed to score and then won on Sunday against the St. Louis Blues - after nearing blowing a big lead. Now, they get a big test against a divisional opponent and a huge rival in the Leafs, and on home ice. The Sabres have had a few days of rest, while the Leafs are coming in after being shut out by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
2. This is it
Tonight’s game is the final meeting of the regular season between the Sabres and the Leafs. With the Sabres all but technically eliminated from the postseason, it’s likely to be the final time we see these two teams face off until at least September. The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games against Toronto and 6-3-1 on home ice, but the Leafs won the most recent matchup between the teams, a 5-2 victory on March 2.
The home team has won 28 of the last 37 games between the Sabres and the Leafs, according to Sabres PR.
3. The Brothers Nylander
Assuming they both play tonight, we’ll get to see Alexander Nylander and William Nylander face off in NHL action for the second time in their careers. The brothers first met on NHL ice back here at KeyBank Center on April 3, 2017. That game was a 4-2 win for the Leafs. Alex recorded 14:28 of ice time, while William played 15:50 and notched an assist.
They were only on the ice together at the same time for a combined 107 seconds.
Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary - Evan Rodrigues - Alexander Nylander
Vladimir Sobotka - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Zach Bogosian - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender (projected): Carter Hutton
Toronto Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis - Frederik Gauthier - Trevor Moore
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin - Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin - Justin Holl
Starting Goaltender (projected): Garrett Sparks