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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 20: Buffalo Sabres

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Who: Buffalo Sabres (5-15-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (11-7-1)

Where: Air Canada Center

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where to watch: CBC

Where to listen: TSN 1050

Enemy blog: Sabre Noise

 

Lineups:

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykPeter HollandPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondTrevor SmithDavid Clarkson

Joffrey LupulJay McClementNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJerred SmithsonColton Orr

Defense

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Jake GardinerCody Franson

Mark FraserPaul Ranger

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

SABRES

Forwards

Matt MoulsonCody HodgsonDrew Stafford

Tyler EnnisZemgus GirgensonsSteve Ott

Marcus FolignoVille LeinoBrian Flynn

John ScottCody McCormickCorey Tropp

Defense

Christian EhrhoffMark Pysyk

Henrik TallinderTyler Myers

Jamie McBainRasmus Ristolainen

Goalies

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

The Leafs look to bounce back after last night’s loss to these same Sabres. Buffalo was able to win their first game under new-old coach Ted Nolan and won two games in a row for the first time this season. With four losses in their last five games, the Leafs need to start winning games again before they start to fall in the standings.

With Bernier starting last night, expect James Reimer to get the start tonight. With his strong performance against Boston on Wednesday night, Reimer should give the Leafs a chance to win with the same effort. The Leafs offense just needs to wake up and give their goalies support. In the five games in November, the Leafs have only scored four goals. That needs to change for the better quickly.

The much-anticipated rematch against John Scott never materialized last night so could it happen tonight? Scott played a whopping (for him) 7:31 in ice time last night and the Leafs did nothing to get back at him. Now,  I don’t anything dirty, but a reminder that he can’t take liberties the Leafs best talent.

Be sure to check out the game thread out tonight.

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