Preview: Sabres look to bounce back against Leafs

Eichel, Ruotsalainen, Ristolainen all expected to play

Preseason Game 4

Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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

TV: MSG (Sportsnet feed)

Radio: WGR 550

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What to Watch

1. Finally, it’s Risto time

Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is expected to make his preseason debut tonight. Amid speculation of trades, Ristolainen has yet to appear in game action for the Sabres in this preseason. It appears he’ll finally make his way into the lineup for tonight’s game.

2. Cozens & Ruotsalainen, again

Several players who skated in Friday’s 3-0 loss will once again be in the lineup on Saturday. That includes Dylan Cozens, Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Asplund and Arttu Ruotsalainen. They’re all getting another chance to show what they’re capable of, and with more roster cuts likely coming soon, it couldn’t come at a better time.

Expect to see players shift positions tonight, with several players likely to move in & out of the center spots.

Projected Lineup - Sabres


Jack Eichel, Jimmy Vesey, Sam Reinhart, Arttu Ruotsalainen, Curtis Lazar, Dylan Cozens, C.J. Smith, Jeff Skinner, Victor Olofsson, Evan Rodrigues, Rasmus Asplund, Marcus Johansson


Marco Scandella, Casey Nelson, Henri Jokiharju, Rasmus Dahlin, Colin Miller, Rasmus Ristolainen


Jonas Johansson

Carter Hutton

Projected Lineup - Leafs


Darren Archibald, Nicholas Baptiste, Jeremy Bracco, Adam Brooks, Hudson Elynuik, Pierre Engvall, Frederik Gauthier, Kasperi Kapanen, Egor Korshkov, Mitch Marner, Trevor Moore, Nic Petan, Jason Spezza, John Tavares


Tyson Barrie, Joseph Duszak, Kevin Gravel, Ben Harpur, Justin Holl, Jesper Lindgren, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Schmaltz


Michal Neuvirth, Joseph Woll

*Kasimir Kaskisuo was on the expected roster released by the Leafs on Friday, but he was put on waivers on Saturday afternoon.