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Sabres try to salvage a game against Toronto

Season series: 

The Sabres are 0-2-1 this season against the Maple Leafs. Their current four-game losing streak (0-3-1) against them is their longest since five straight in 1972. The Maple Leafs won, 4-3, in overtime in Buffalo on December 4th and won, 5-3, on February 25th and, 5-2, on March 2nd in Toronto.

Buffalo notes: 

The Sabres are looking for a back-to-back win tonight, their first since December, after a 4-3 shootout win over the Blues at home that ended a seven-game losing streak.

They have attempted this streak 11 times since then — that’s 40 games, another five losses and they’ll break the franchise mark of 44 games without winning at least two in a row set in 1971-72.

Buffalo is currently averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 37 goals, Jack Eichel has 47 assists and Sam Reinhart has 153 shots on goal.

As far as goaltenders, Carter Hutton has given up 119 goals on 1,326 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 97 goals on 1,032 shots.

Coach Phil Housley said that the lineup will be the same as Sunday and Hutton will be in net. 

Toronto notes: 

The Maple Leafs enter this game off a 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on the road, looking for momentum after losing five of their last seven games and heading into the postseason.

After all the hype behind their team this season, the Leafs are 3rd in the East behind the Boston Bruins.

Currently, Toronto is averaging 3.6 goals per game and scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 40 goals, Mitch Marner has 61 assists and Morgan Rielly has 197 shots on goal. 

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