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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

BUFStatsANA
24-23-8Record22-26-27
15-9-4Home12-10-3
9-14-4Away10-16-4
1-2Shootouts5-1
157Goals For143
173Goals Against171
22ndPP Rank31st
30thPK Rank23rd

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.L 5-3Tyler Ennis
Sat, Mar. 2ndAway7 p.m.L 5-2Nic Petan
Thurs, Mar. 20thHome7 p.m.L 4-2Mitch Marner

Buffalo notes: 

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
9Eichel68364278
23Reinhart69222850
68Olofsson54202242
26Dahlin5943640
55Ristolainen6962733

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
15Ryan Getzlaf53112536
67Rickard Rakell49132033
33Jakob Silfverberg50161531
14Adam Henrique55181129
4Cam Fowler5591928

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 Hutton15-17-32.84.9090
Career vs. TBL2-2-03.38.8760
Louis Domingue19-4-02.86.9080
Career vs. BUF3-3-02.87.8980

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