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The Maple Leafs are in town, and the Sabres will try again after a losing effort on Tuesday.

Coming off of a 2-0 shutout, Jonas Gustavsson and the Leafs look to complete the home and home sweep tonight in Buffalo.

Gustavsson’s play has been nothing short of spectacular this month as he has gone 4-0 with a 1.51 goals against and a .950 save percentage.

“We need to get one [win] and it will make the boys in here feel good and hopefully we can string them on from there,” Sabres forward Drew Stafford said after the game on Tuesday. “We’ve got a great opportunity in the rematch.”

Thomas Vanek, who is expected to be back in the action tonight, leads Buffalo with five points (2 G, 3 A) in three games against the Leafs.

This will be the fourth of six meetings this season. Toronto has taken two out of three and will begin a five game homestand after tonight’s game.

Tonight’s game will be the last one at the First Niagara Center for a while. After this, the Sabres head out for a grueling seven game road trip.

The Sabres are tied for last in the league in road scoring with 34 goals in 18 games.

The Sabres are still five points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference and desperately need a win.

However, the Islanders are last in the Conference with 36 points, but only five behind the Sabres. New York hosts Buffalo Saturday and are off tonight while the Sabres host the Leafs.

Tonight’s faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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