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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.

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