After a heartbreaking collapse against Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the Sabres are right back at it tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Both teams are playing on the 2nd of back-to-back nights.
Tonight’s game will conclude the five game season series between the two teams. They have split the series at two games apiece.
The Leafs are fresh off a 4-3 victory over the Bruins, and will be going for their third consecutive win. The Sabres fell to 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and will be trying to rebound after a tough loss to the Flyers.
“It’s not a wasted opportunity,” Nolan said. “I think it’s just one of those things, the last goal, one of our defenseman knocks a guy, knocks down our goaltender, they get a shot and it goes through four guys to find the net. It’s just one of those things, it just wasn’t meant to be. We didn’t play well enough to win and we have to learn to play a certain way.”
Enroth kept the Flyers off the board in the opening period with a big blocker save, similar to that of Ryan Miller’s a few days earlier in Washington.
“All I can do is try to do my job,” Enroth said. “Just trying to stay focused and focus on the next shot every time.”
Ryan Miller is expected to get the nod for Buffalo after the night off on Tuesday. Miller has allowed six goals in his pas four starts, and is 3-1 in that span. Tyler Myers is eligible to return from his three game suspension.
The Sabres will have to keep an eye on Leafs’ leading scorer Phil Kessel. The forward has 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) in 47 games this season. James van Riemsdyk has also put together a productive season with 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 34 games.
Buffalo has struggled on the road this season as they bring in a 4-14-2 away record. The Leafs have been stronger on home ice, and come in with a 15-10-1 record at the Air Canada Centre.
Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on MSG.