Preview: Sabres head north to face the Leafs in weekend home and home series

Sabres and Leafs open a preseason home and home series tonight in Toronto

Preseason Game 3

Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | Scotiabank Place | Toronto, ON, Canada


Radio: WGR 550

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What to Watch

1. Ruotsalainen-Cozens-Sheary

The most interesting line to follow tonight will be the trio of Arttu Ruotsalainen, Dylan Cozens and Conor Sheary. The lineup tonight will feature a mostly AHL group, but that line may provide the most intrigue. This may be one of the last games we see of Cozens if the plan is to send him back to juniors. Ruotsalainen is still fighting for a spot on the roster and Sheary will be coming off a strong game against the Penguins.

This line should provide a lot of speed against a fairly NHL-heavy Leafs lineup.

2. Bounce back for Mittelstadt?

Casey Mittelstadt had a tough game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. We’ll see if he can bounce back tonight with a strong performance. It won’t be easy with a strong Leafs lineup. His linemates won’t make it any easier. He’ll be with Kyle Okposo and C.J. Smith tonight.

Projected Lineup


C.J. Smith - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo

Conor Sheary - Dylan Cozens - Arttu Ruotsalainen

Remi Elie - Vlad Sobotka - Tage Thompson

Curtis Lazar - Kevin Porter - JS Dea


Jake McCabe - Henri Jokiharju

John Gilmour - Will Borgen

Jacob Bryson - Zach Redmond


Linus Ullmark

Andrew Hammond