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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:

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Forwards

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

Defense

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf

Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson

Mark Fraser – Paul Ranger

Goaltenders

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

BUFFALO SABRES

Forwards

Matt Moulson – Cody Hodgson – Drew Stafford

Tyler Ennis – Zemgus Girgensons – Steve Ott

Marcus Foligno – Ville Leino – Brian Flynn

John Scott – Cody McCormick – Corey Tropp

Defense

Christian Ehrhoff – Mark Pysyk

Henrik Tallinder – Tyler Myers

Jamie McBain – Rasmus Ristolainen

Goaltenders 

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. 

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    I’m so scared. We can’t lose to the Sabres. Please don’t lose to the Sabres. Please don’t let John Scott kill anybody. OH GOSH I’M FREAKING OUT MAN.

  • Dale Lamontagne

    Little over 30 minutes till puck drop. Should be an interesting tilt.

  • Dale Lamontagne

    @LavoieRenaud via Twitter: The NHL talked to both teams to make sure there’s no major incident after what happened Sept 22nd.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Predictions anyone?

    • Dale Lamontagne

      4-2 Toronto

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Who wants to bet there’s a fight in the first 10 minutes?

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      And I’m wrong.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    That’s two scary moments so far.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    I can’t believe that Brian Burke hasn’t been mentioned as a replacement in Buffalo’s GM search. He did say he wanted to be a GM again someday.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Well, that was an ok first period. Few scary moments, but not bad.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Buffalo seems to have some kick in their step to start the second.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    1-0 LEAFS!! Trevor Smith gets the goal.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Carl Gunnarsson just went down and hobbled all the way to the bench.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Steve Ott scores for the Sabres to to tie it. 1-1

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Gunnarsson back on the ice.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Marcus Foligno makes it 2-1 Sabres.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Game Over. Sabres win 3-1.