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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

SabresStatsCoyotes
18-9-4Record13-14-2
10-3-2Home6-8-1
8-6-2Away7-6-1
3-0Shootouts1-0
95Goals For76
91Goals Against80
18.6%PP Percentage17.2%
81.5%PK Percentage90.6%

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 Eichel33122941
53Jeff Skinner33221133
23Sam Reinhart3382129
55Rasmus Ristolainen3331821
29Jason Pominville319918

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
9Clayton Keller2981321
23Oliver Ekman-Larsson2921416
21Derek Stepan296713
15Brad Richardson2981412
13Vinnie Hinostroza274812

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 Hutton12-8-12.60.9170
Career vs. ARI2-2-13.49.8750
Darcy Kuemper4-6-22.83.9090
Career vs. BUF0-0-018.75.0000

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