Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 01/03/2019 – Game Preview

Buffalo Sabres (30-26-8 68pts) v. Toronto Maple Leafs (39-21-4 82pts)


Time: 7p EST

Station: SportsNet/CBC



The Leafs come back home after a rough game in New York against the Islanders and hope to bounce back against the Buffalo Sabres. Frederik Andersen will get the nod against Carter Hutton for Buffalo. Expect this to be a game full of speed and action on all ends of the ice.


Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –75 points (22 goals 53 assists)
John Tavares – 68 points (36 goals 32 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 61 points (15 goals 46 assists)
Auston Matthews – 59 points (30 goals 29 assists) 53% on Face-offs

Jack Eichel – 70 points (23 goals 47 assists)
Sam Reinhart–58 points (18 goals 40 assists)
Jeff Skinner – 57 points (36 goals 21 assists)
Rasmus Ristolainen  –38 points (5 goals 33 assists)

Frederik Andersen
30-13-3 2.59GAA .923SV%

Carter Hutton
16-18-4 2.84GAA .910SV%

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Projected Lineup:

Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Tyler Ennis – Frederik Gauthier – Trevor Moore


Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Justin Holl – Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin – Ron Hainsey


Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks


Scratched: none

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Jake Gardiner (Back) and Travis Dermott (Shoulder)

Suspension: None



Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel– Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary – Evan Rodrigues –Kyle Okposo

Scott Wilson – Casey Middlestadt– Tage Thompson

Zemgus Girgensons – Johan Larsson– Jason Pominville


Jake McCabe –Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin – Zach Bogosian

Matt Hunwick – Brandon Montour


Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark


Scratched: None

Injuries: Marco Scandella, Vladimir Sabotka

Suspension: None


Keys to the Game:

1. Be consistent in the faceoff circle

  • This will allow more puck possession and time in the attacking zone.

2. Shut down the top line

  • The Sabres top line is deadly, don’t let them skate or cycle. They will cause serious damage if allowed to move.

3.  Use your speed.

  • Make them chase you and have to play defence the majority of the game. Will tire their top players out.




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