Sabres vs. Leafs preview: Two tanking teams tangle tonight


Game #77

Buffalo Sabres (21-47-8) vs.
Maple Leafs (29-42-6)

Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG, SN | Radio: WGR 550
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Three Questions

1. Who will play on defense tonight with Ristolainen out?

Rasmus has the flu tonight, and likely won't play. With the defensive pairings rotating during this morning's practice, who will be playing together when the two teams take the ice?

2. Who will the crowd root for tonight?

Will we get another crowd that cheers for the away team? Will the LEafs fans cheer for the Sabres to help their own tank? Will we have to read another dozen "shame on you" pieces from the media tomorrow? Who knows, but it should at least be interesting.

3. Will we all freak out waaaay too much if the Sabres win?

Yes. Yes, we will.

Projected BUF lines

Moulson - Larsson - Ennis
Foligno - Grigorenko - Gionta
Dalpe - Varone - Hodgson
Deslauriers - Ellis - Kaleta

Weber - Zadorov
Benoit - Bogosian
Strachan - Meszaros

Goal: Anders Lindback