The Sabres lost control of their own destiny after falling to the Penguins by a score of 5-3 last night at the First Niagara Center. Buffalo were unable to contain Sidney Crosby, who had a four point night.
“We won’t beat this thing to death,” defenseman Jordan Leopold said. “There’s a simple formula, we just move forward. We know we can play better.” – NHL.com
Tonight, the Sabres are in Toronto to begin a home-and-home set with the Maple Leafs. The Leafs have been eliminated from playoff contention, but would love to play spoiler and keep the Sabres from making the playoffs.
Now in 9th place, the Sabres have to hope that Washington (or Ottawa) lose a game or two. With just four games remaining for Buffalo, winning all of them might have to happen in order to make the postseason.
The Sabres and Leafs have split the season series, and the home team has won every game up to this point. The Sabres will look to stop that trend tonight.
“You can’t be thinking about the past, you can’t be thinking about the negativity and frustration because it’s only bring you down,” Drew Stafford said. “If we’re going into tomorrow night’s game thinking about the opportunities that we missed tonight, they’re going to run right over us … This time of year, we know how we need to play.” – NHL.com.
Ben Scrivens will get the start in net tonight for the Leafs. He has never played against Buffalo.
Tyler Myers will be a game time decision for Buffalo.
Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.