The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres meet up tonight in a battle of historically bad teams. Yeah, I’m not kidding about that “historically bad” part:
Just because it’s a Sabres/Leafs gameday, I went ahead and updated our favorite graph. pic.twitter.com/7VAbh0Rscd
— Travis Yost (@TravisHeHateMe) January 15, 2014
That graph shows us that the Leafs are now the worst shot attempt-differential team in the league, behind even the Sabres. They’re even worse than the 2007 Atlanta Thrashers; a team that’s notorious for being the worst corsi team in history.
So yeah, the Leafs won a game against the Boston Bruins last night, which is a small miracle. But this team still has some pretty serious issues, and those will need to be corrected somehow if they plan on making the playoffs. The Sabres made a few changes from their lineup from last night’s 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers:
Nolan says Myers in for Sulzer. Stafford and Scott for Omark and Foligno. 82 was banged up last night.
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) January 15, 2014
I’m not sure about you, but I for one welcome the addition of John Scott to the Sabres’ lineup.
James Reimer is in net for the pre-game warmup, and he’ll get the start. He was ailing from the flu last night, but appears to be well enough to go tonight. It’s only his third start since December 21. Reimer has a .824 save percentage in his last three games.
Colton Orr is back in the lineup and Frazer McLaren is out. Phil Kessel was back skating on the top line with Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk during line rushes. For all the latest, stay connected with the Twitter machine:
What are your predictions? Share them and other thoughts below. Can the Leafs string some regulation wins together and avoid losing to a very bad team?
GO LEAFS GO!