Preview: Sabres Head North

Buffalo looks to build off Friday’s win against Toronto

Game 27

Buffalo Sabres (12-10-4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-11-4)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, ON


Radio: WGR 550

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Record: (12-11-4) | 28 PTS

Last 10: 3-6-1

Division Ranking: 4th in Atlantic Division

Conference Ranking: 9th in Eastern Conference

PP: 8th (21.8%)

PK: 18th (79.9%)

What to Watch

1. Leafs Looking for Revenge

The Leafs will undoubtedly be looking for revenge after last night’s loss in Buffalo. On Friday night, the Sabres powered to a 6-4 victory on goals from Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel (2), Casey Mittelstadt, Victor Olofsson and Jimmy Vesey. As the two teams rematch in Toronto, the Leafs will look to rebound after last night’s loss and pull off a win on home ice.

2. Ullmark Shines, but Hutton Starts

Linus Ullmark played spectacularly in goal last night for the Sabres, but as is typical with back-to-back games, Buffalo will swap goaltenders for this evening. Carter Hutton gets the start between the pipes; Hutton has a 6-5-2 record this season with a 2.91 GAA and .903 save percentage.

Game Prediction

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres (projected)


Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Johan Larsson - Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons - Rasmus Asplund - Jean-Sebastien Dea

Casey Mittelstadt - Johan Larsson - Jimmy Vesey


Brandon Montour - Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe - Zach Bogosian

Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

Toronto Maple Leafs (projected)

Andreas Johansson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev - John Tavares - Zach Hyman

Nic Petan - Jason Spezza - Kasperi Kapanen

Pierre Engvall - Frederik Gauthier - Dmytro Timashov


Morgan Reilly - Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin - Justin Holl

Travis Dermott - Tyson Barrie

Starting Goaltender: Frederik Andersen