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QUIET MORNING IN TORONTO

Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 11:40 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
QUIET MORNING IN TORONTO

TODAY’S NEWS
- No morning skate today; Lindy Ruff didn’t speak to media this morning.
- Ruff will provide injury updates on Derek Roy and Mike Weber sometime around 5 p.m.
- Ryan Miller all-time vs. TOR: 26-13-0, 2.33 GAA & .925 save%
- Miller @ Air Canada Centre: 11-8-0, 2.48 GAA & .920 save%
- Jhonas Enroth all-time vs. TOR: 1-0-0, 1.88 GAA & .920 save% (only game @ Tor, 11/6/10)
- According to Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV, Ben Scrivens is expected to start in goal for Toronto
- Toronto has lost a franchise-record 11 straight home games
- In their last game, Toronto was handed a 7-1 defeat at the ACC by Philadelphia.



SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
Ottawa – 7th place (88 pts., 39-28-10; ROW-34)
Games Remaining: 5
Games vs. Teams Currently in Playoff Contention: 3
Next Game: Today @ Philadelphia
Home Games: 2 (CAR-Tues, BOS-Thurs)
Away Games: 3 (PHIL-today, NYI-Sun, NJ-Sat)
Last Game: April 7 @ New Jersey

Washington – 8th place (86 pts., 39-31-8; ROW-36)
Games Remaining: 4
Games vs. Teams Currently in Playoff Contention: 2
Next Game: Tonight @ Montreal
Home Games: 2 (MTL-tonight, FLA-Thurs)
Away Games: 2 (TB-Mon, NYR-Sat)
Last Game: April 7 @ NY Rangers

Buffalo – 9th place (86 pts., 38-30-10; ROW-31)
Games Remaining: 4
Games vs. Teams Currently in Playoff Contention: 2
Next Game: Tonight @ Toronto
Home Games: 1 (TOR-Tues)
Away Games: 3 (TOR-today, PHIL-Thurs, BOS-Sat)
Last Game: April 7 @ Boston

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

- Fifth of six meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto, 3-2, in Buffalo on Jan. 13.
- The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 5-5-0 on the road.
- 183rd game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo leads the series with a 101-59-22 record. Buffalo is 41-34-15 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.
- The two teams will meet for the final time this season on Tuesday in Buffalo to conclude this home-and-home series.

STORYLINES
- Buffalo enters today in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, after beginning the day on Feb. 17 in 14th place and 10 points out of eighth in the East. Since then, they’ve gone 14-3-4 (.762), compiling the league's second-best record during that stretch. Pittsburgh is best at 16-4-1(.786).
- The Sabres are looking to avoid losing three games in Toronto for the third time in franchise history. The two times were 1999-00 (0-2-1) and 1973-74 (0-3-0).
- Buffalo has gotten a point in 11 of their last 12 games (8-2-2) and 19 of their last 21 (14-3-4).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Buffalo is 31-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 29-5-4 when scoring three or more… The Sabres have gone 10-for-50 on the power play (20%) and 36-for-40 on the penalty kill (90%) in their last 17 games, compiling an 11-3-3 record in those games.

RAKING AGAINST THE LEAFS
Thomas Vanek has 43 points (22+21) in 42 career games against Toronto… Jason Pominville has 41 points (15+26) in 44 career games against the Maple Leafs, including five (2+3) in four games this season… Ryan Miller is 26-13-0 all-time against Toronto with a 2.33 GAA and a .926 SV%; Miller has more wins (26) and shutouts (4) against the Maple Leafs than any other team.

AVOIDING OVERTIME
The last nine games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs have been decided in regulation, tying the longest such stretch between these teams since the NHL added the overtime period in 1983-84 (April 16, 2006 to March 24, 2007).
 
MARCH TO THE PLAYOFFS
The Sabres are 10-3-2 (.733) with 22 points in the month of March, the most points the team has attained in a month since December 2005.
The team has now had 22 or more points in a month six times in franchise history: November 1974, 27 points (12-1-3); March 1979, 24 points (10-3-4); January 1984, 24 points (11-0-2); December 2005, 23 points (11-2-1); March 2012, 22 points (10-3-2); January 1988, 22 points (10-4-2).
 
MILLER TIME
Ryan Miller has gone 19-4-5 with one “no decision” in his last 29 games, dating back to Jan. 24 at NJD. During that stretch, Miller has compiled a .938 save percentage and a 1.88 goals against average, with five shutouts. Miller was chosen as one of the NHL “Three Stars of the Week” twice during this period, selected as first star for the week ending March 4 and as second star for the week ending March 25.

LET'S PLAY TWO
Tonight’s game concludes Buffalo’s final of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season after last night’s 5-3 loss vs. PIT. The Sabres are 13-8-0 in the first game and 7-8-5 in the second. The Sabres’ points breakdown in back-to-back sets is as follows: four points (4), three points (2), two points (10), one point (3) and zero points (1).

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