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Sabres set to host Maple Leafs

Buffalo looking to break mini slump against division foe

⏰ 7:30 p.m.   ? MSG   ? WGR550

BUFStatsTOR
29-24-8Record34-20-7
18-9-4Home17-9-5
11-15-4Away17-11-2
4-2Shootouts3-1
176Goals For205
189Goals Against193
19thPP Rank11th
6thPK Rank22nd

After a devastating end to their road trip, the Buffalo Sabres return to KeyBank Center to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. This game will be another challenge for Buffalo, as Toronto currently sits at 3rd place in the league, 2nd in the Atlantic Division and another possible contender for the Stanley Cup.

The Leafs have Auston Matthews, who has 13 goals in 13 games coming into Tuesday’s game. While the Sabres have Jeff Skinner, who has 20 goals in 27 games and is closely awaiting his first place position on the top goal scorer of the league chart.

Season series: 

DateH/ATimeWinnerGWG
Tues, Dec. 4thHome7 p.m.L 4-3 (OT)Auston Matthews
Mon, Feb. 25thAway7 p.m.TBD
Sat, Mar. 2ndAway7 p.m.TBD
Thurs, Mar. 20thHome7 p.m.TBD

Buffalo notes: 

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
9Jack Eichel58194766
53Jeff Skinner61361955
23Sam Reinhart61173855
55Rasmus Ristolainen6153237
26Rasmus Dahlin6182634

Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart is currently on a goal-scoring streak, scoring a goal in each of his last three games and has five points (four goals, one assist) through them. This is Toronto’s first game against the number one 2018 NHL draft pick, Rasmus Dahlin. He is one of the Sabres’ best possession players at five-on-five (51.2%) and has 14 points in 27 games. Conor Sheary will also be returning tonight. The Sabres announced Linus Ullmark will be in goal.

Toronto notes: 

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
16Mitch Marner60214869
19John Tavares60343064
44Morgan Reilly60154358
34Auston Matthews46282755
24Kasperi Kapanen60181937

William Nylander will return to the Leafs lineup tonight. Kasperi Kapanen may not have a point in five career games against the Sabres, but out of his current 18 points, 13 have come from road games.

“They were on that hot stretch and I think everybody in the League kind of took notice (that) they’re for real and not a team that you take lightly.” Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews said about the Sabres.

Toronto is well rested and without injuries, looking to win their fifth straight game. While Buffalo just returned home from a tough road trip, concluding with a close 2-1 loss against the Nashville Predators Monday Night, hungry for another winning streak.

Starting goaltenders: 

Starting GoaltendersW/LGAASV %SHO
Carter Hutton15-17-32.84.9090
Career vs. TBL2-2-03.38.8760
Louis Domingue19-4-02.86.9080
Career vs. BUF3-3-02.87.8980

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NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
6247-11-498
6136-17-880
6036-20-476
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
6035-18-777
6134-20-775
6034-23-371
Wild Card leaders:
6133-21-773
6132-22-771
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6028-24-864
6128-26-763
5926-25-860
6026-26-860
6124-29-856
6223-30-955
6122-34-549
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Central Division Leaders:
6137-20-478
6336-22-577
6032-23-569
Pacific Division Leaders:
6138-16-783
6136-17-880
6332-26-569
Wild Card leaders:
6030-25-565
6229-27-664
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6126-24-1163
6128-28-561
6226-27-961
6126-27-860
6124-28-957
6025-29-656
6023-31-652