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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Buffalo Sabres (Game Number 19): Live Game Thread

Welcome to the game thread! This is where we yell at our televisions and then comment about it to release our frustrations. Remember, this is a Leafs blog, so we do that a lot here. You’ve been warned.


The Toronto Maple Leafs (11-6-1) will faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres (4-15-1) for the first time this season in a home-and-home series. The Leafs are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night, while the Sabres are coming off a win, as they beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Tuesday.

It was an optional skate for the Buds this morning in Buffalo, but Jonathan Bernier will get the nod tonight at the First Niagara Centre, while I expect James Reimer to start tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre in the second game of this home-and-home series.

The Leafs will be without Nazem Kadri tonight as he’ll serve the first of his three game suspension that he was handed yesterday for trucking Wild’ goaltender Nicklas Backstrom Tuesday.

Ryan Miller was the first off the ice this morning during the Sabres morning skate, meaning he’ll get the start.

Here are the expected lineups:



Mason Raymond – James van Riemsdyk – Phil Kessel

Joffrey Lupul – Trevor Smith – David Clarkson

Carter Ashton – Jay McClement– Nikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLaren – Jerred Smithson – Colton Orr


Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf

Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson

Mark Fraser – Paul Ranger


Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer



Matt Moulson – Cody Hodgson – Drew Stafford

Tyler Ennis – Zemgus Girgensons – Steve Ott

Marcus Foligno – Ville Leino – Brian Flynn

John Scott – Cody McCormick – Corey Tropp


Christian Ehrhoff – Mark Pysyk

Henrik Tallinder – Tyler Myers

Jamie McBain – Rasmus Ristolainen


Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Be sure to join us tonight for our live game thread. All you need to do is comment below in the comment section. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario (for those living in Ontario). If you’re away from a television or prefer listening to the game on the radio, then tune in to Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

For those of you who missed it, Tim Bayer put together the game preview this afternoon, you can read that here. 

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