BUFFALO SABRES AT TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
The Buffalo Sabres will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second time this preseason at the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m. tonight.
In their first exhibition match-up, the Sabres claimed a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs with goals coming from Andrej Sekera
, Tyler Ennis
and Rob Niedermayer
. Ryan Miller
and Jhonas Enroth
combined for 24 saves.
Ennis was originally slated to play alongside Paul Byron
and Zack Kassian in tonight's game, but has since been excused from the contest due to a family matter. Luke Adam
will replace him in the lineup.
Buffalo and Toronto have played 62 pre-season games all-time. The Sabres are 30-26-6 in preseason contests against the Maple Leafs (12-9-4 at home; 13-17-2 in Toronto). These two teams have met in the pre-season at least once every season since their first meeting in 1974, when the Maple Leafs beat the Sabres 5-4 in Buffalo.
42 Nathan Gerbe
- 37 Matt Ellis
- 25 Mike Grier
, 21 Drew Stafford
- 9 Derek Roy
- 12 Mark Mancari
, 55 Jochen Hecht
- 28 Paul Gaustad
- 8 Cody McCormick
, Paul Byron
- Luke Adam
- 54 Zack Kassian
3 Jordan Leopold
- 4 Steve Montador
, 6 Mike Weber
- 44 Andrej Sekera
, 34 Chris Butler
- Dennis Persson
40 Patrick Lalime
and 1 Jhonas Enroth
will split time in goal.
INJURIES: Captain Craig Rivet is still unavailable after suffering a throat contusion in Friday's practice, but is back to exercising according to Head Coach Lindy Ruff.
Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani is out for four to six weeks with a knee sprain. Head Coach Lindy Ruff said he was hurt during a rookie scrimmage on Saturday, Sept. 18.
NOTES: The Sabres are 134-145-48 all-time in the preseason… Buffalo is 21-9-2 in preseason action since the start of the 2005-06 season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs finished in 29th place in the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 30-38-14. Beginning the season with a 0-7-1 start out of the gate, things failed to turn around for the Maple Leafs - who concluded the year with 74 points, marking their worst season since the 1997-98 campaign (when they finished with 69 points).
2009-10 MAPLE LEAFS LEADING SCORERS
2009-10 MAPLE LEAFS LEADING GOALTENDERS
According to NHL.com, "General Manager Brian Burke didn't make drastic changes to the roster that finished last season 29th overall, but the brash Leafs' boss was able to land feisty winger Kris Versteeg via trade from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks as well as free-agent forwards Colby Armstrong, Clarke MacArthur and Mike Brown along with former Red Wings defenseman Brett Lebda."