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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres Game Number 26 Preview & Live Game Thread


Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-2) @ Buffalo Sabres (5-20-1)

Where: HSBC Arena (Buffalo, New York)

When: 7:30 PM ET

Where to watch: Leafs TV, RDS, MSG-B, Bell TV

Where to listen: TSN 1050

Lineups

LEAFS (from mapleleafs.com)

Forwards

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondNazem KadriDavid Clarkson

Carter AshtonJay McClementNikolai Kulemin

Colton OrrJerred SmithsonFrazer McLaren

Defense

Dion PhaneufCarl Gunnarsson

Mark FraserCody Franson

Jake GardinerPaul Ranger

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

SABRES (from sabres.nhl.com)

Forwards

Matt MoulsonCody HodgsonDrew Stafford

Steve OttVille LeinoMatt D’Agostini

Luke AdamTyler EnnisZemgus Girgensons

John ScottBrian FlynnMarcus Foligno

Defense

Christian EhrhoffAlexander Sulzer

Henrik TallinderTyler Myers

Mike WeberMark Pysyk

Goalies

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

HEALTHY SCRATCHES:

Toronto – Peter Holland & Morgan Rielly

Buffalo – Mikhail Grigorenko, Jamie McBain & Brayden McNabb

INJURIES:

Toronto – Joffrey Lupul & Dave Bolland

Buffalo – Cody McCormick

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a tremendous chance to rebound tonight. They face the Buffalo Sabres, the losers of five straight. However, the Sabres’ last win came against the Maple Leafs, in Ted Nolan‘s return to the Sabres’ bench.

The Leafs need to take advantage of a game like this. With Buffalo tonight and Montreal tomorrow night, the Leafs have a chance to close out November on high note.

After two games in which the Leafs found two very different ways to lose, the Leafs face a team that is struggling even more than they are. It they lose to the Sabres, the Leafs will be starting to dig a hole that they may start falling into if this losing streak continues.

With December looking to be the biggest challenge the Leafs face so far this season, it’s imperative that the Leafs beat the teams that are below them in the standings. Buffalo is one of those teams.

Notes:

- Matt D’Agostini will make his debut for the Sabres after being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh

- Carter Ashton was recalled from the Toronto Marlies earlier today and will immediately draw into the lineup.

Take part in the game thread by commenting in the comment section below.

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  • Daniel Jones

    Hopefully Buffalo is a good fit for D’Agostini. He’s bounced around a lot but Buffalo needs a ‘boring’ player who can come in and fill a role.

    For those interested in story lines, to make room for D’Agostini the Sabres had to drop Corey Tropp (picked up on waivers by Columbus). Why yes that’s the same Corey Tropp who was knocked out by Jamie Devane in the preseason and as we all know silliness ensued.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      I guess it works.

      D’Agostini could definitely work out in Buffalo. He’s always been on the wrong team at the wrong time and never gotten the chance to make a difference. Buffalo could finally be the right team.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    And here we go from Buffalo.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Phil Kessel makes it 1-0 just two minutes into the game. Great start for the Leafs.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    For a team that didn’t get a shot in the third period and overtime against Pittsburgh, it’s good to have a goal this early.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Sabres have been outscored 33-6 (including Kessel’s goal) in the first period this season. Boy, makes the Leafs problems seem miniscule.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Carl Gunnarsson wearing the second “A” for the Leafs, with Lupul out.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Sabres putting on the pressure now.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    JVR goes off on a questionable call.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Penalty Kill has to be better. This is a test.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Obvious stat of the day: Jay McClement leads the NHL in penalty killing time.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Penalty over.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Ranger saves a goal just as the first period ends.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Second Period has begun.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Fairly even period so far.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Moulson ties the game for Buffalo. 1-1.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Kulemin puts the Leafs back in the lead. 2-1 Leafs.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Luke Adam ties the game. 2-2

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Second period over.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Third Period is underway.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Third period pace has really slowed down.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    I’m sensing overtime in this game.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    I was right. Game heading to overtime.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Christian Ehrhoff scores in overtime to win the game for the Sabres.