Sabres Head To ACC Hoping For Win Before Break Against Rival Maple Leafs

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Last Game:

Toronto: Dec 19 vs. Kings Loss(SO) 3-2

Buffalo: Dec 20 vs. Senators Loss 4-1


Toronto: 16-13-4

Buffalo: 16-14-3


Toronto: 36

Buffalo: 35

Rank In Conference:

Toronto: 7th

Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:

Toronto: 21.4(2nd)

Buffalo: 18.2(12th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Toronto: 73.4(30th)

Buffalo: 83.3(T-10th)

Goals For:

Toronto: 99(8th)

Buffalo: 88(T-13th)

Goals Against:

Toronto: 106(26th)

Buffalo: 97(T-20th)

Shots For:

Toronto: 949(21st)

Buffalo: 961(19th)

Shots Against:

Toronto: 1023(20th)

Buffalo: 1048(26th)

Blocked Shots:

Toronto: 529(3rd)

Buffalo: 414(25th)


Toronto: 748(11th)

Buffalo: 580(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Toronto: 50.5(T-12th)

Buffalo: 50.5(T-12th)

Team Leaders:


Toronto: Kessel(19), Lupul(15), MacArthur(9), Grabovski(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(17), Pominville and Adam(10), Roy(7), Stafford and Leopold(6)


Toronto: Lupul(21), Kessel(20), Liles(17), Bozak(16)

Buffalo: Pominville(25), Vanek(18), Roy and Ehrhoff(14), Stafford(11)


Toronto: Kessel(39), Lupul(36), Bozak(23), Liles(21)

Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(35), Roy(21), Adam(20), Stafford(17)


Toronto: Lupul, T. Connolly, Komisarek, and Kulemin(+3), Frattin, Liles, Bozak, and Franson(+2), L. Schenn, Colborne, Orr, and Kessel(+1), Phaneuf, Grabovski, M. Brown, Kadri, and Crabb(EV)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+11), Hecht and Gerbe(+4), Vanek and Gaustad(+3), Sekera(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Toronto: Phaneuf(41), Lupul(34), M. Brown(31), L. Schenn(30)

Buffalo: Gaustad(49), Kaleta(34), Vanek(32), Stafford(30)


Toronto: Kessel(117), Lupul(101), Phaneuf(86), Liles(67)

Buffalo: Vanek(104), Pominville(92), Stafford(82), Ehrhoff(78)

Blocked Shots:

Toronto: Gunnarsson(67), Liles(65), Phaneuf(58), L. Schenn(54)

Buffalo: Regehr(54), Sekera(47), Ehrhoff and Leopold(41), Myers(31)


Toronto: L. Schenn(100), Phaneuf(68), Steckel(65), Lupul(47)

Buffalo: Regehr(81), Gaustad(59), Kaleta(45), Gerbe(35)

Face-Off Wins:

Toronto: Steckel(272), Bozak(252), Grabovski(177), T. Connolly(170)

Buffalo: Roy(298), Gaustad(272), Pominville(99), Adam(91)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Toronto: James Reimer 5-3-3 2.86 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 8-7-2 3.12 GAA .904 SV% 1 SO


Last Meeting: Dec 17 Sabres Won 5-4

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 100-57-22

All-Time at TOR: Sabres Lead 41-32-15

Kings edge Leafs in shootout

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown scored a power-play goal and the shootout winner and Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots in a pulsating 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night.

The victory was a much needed one for the Kings, who had lost six of seven games. It evened the record of interim coach John Stevens at 2-2, with new bench boss Darryl Sutter expected to be officially introduced Tuesday.

Stevens, who is expected to be retained as an assistant, stressed the positives of the situation the new coach is inheriting.

“The one thing he can rest assured is that we have some quality people here to build around,” Stevens said of Sutter. “We’ve got a lot of good soldiers in the room there who are going to help us get out of this.”

Monday was a good first step towards turning things around. For the first time in 12 games, the League’s lowest-ranked offense scored 3 goals in a contest, peppering Leafs goaltender James Reimer with 42 shots.

Brown was particularly strong, leading the way with 6 shots on goal and 5 hits. The top line of Brown, Anze Kopitar and Simon Gagne was dangerous all night, sustaining puck possession in the Leafs’ zone and cycling to create multiple scoring chances.

“It’s important that we got two points,” Brown said. “For everyone, it’s been a long road trip — not only with the travel, but with everything that has gone on.”

Senators top struggling Sabres 4-1

Kyle Turris’ debut as an Ottawa Senators was a success.

The newest Senator had his first point of the season, setting up the first of Erik Condra’s two goals, as Ottawa beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place.

“It’s a great result,” said Turris, who was acquired from Phoenix on Saturday. “It felt great — it was really exciting coming in, and I started to feel better as the game went on and get my legs under me. I can (still) be a lot better. It felt really good (to hear the crowd). I’d like to thank everybody for the support. It felt like home.”

Turris, the third pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, set up Condra for the go-ahead goal at 7:59 of the third period. Turris fired from near the right faceoff dot, regained control of his own rebound and chopped it to Condra, who whacked the puck behind Ryan Miller to snap a 1-1 tie.

“(Erik) made a real nice pass to me on the wing and I just tried to get a shot off,” Turris said. “The rebound came right back to me and I tried to chop it over to Cons on the far post.”

The Senators (16-15-4) added a power-play goal by Erik Karlsson with 2:11 left in regulation and Condra hit the empty net 25 seconds later.

Buffalo (16-14-3) got its lone goal from defenseman Jordan Leopold scored the lone goal for Buffalo — his sixth of the season and third against Ottawa.

Craig Anderson stopped 22 of 23 shots for Ottawa, while Ryan Miller made 35 saves for the Sabres (16-14-3), who have dropped four of their last five — including a 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators in Buffalo a week earlier.

Despite the loss, coach Lindy Ruff was pleased with the play of his goaltender.

“I thought Ryan looked sharp,” he said. “He’s put in a lot of work over the past couple of days. It’s disappointing that we didn’t get a kick at it.”

Miller admitted that he has been feeling better and was happy to get the opportunity.

“I felt more like myself,” he said. “It was nice to stay in the game. I wanted to be there for the guys and I felt better – like I could give them a chance. It was a good step forward for myself. I just didn’t have it in Pittsburgh. I felt like I had it more tonight. It’s just too bad that we couldn’t grind it out.”

This Day In Sabres History:

December 22nd, 1986 Sabres Hire Ted Sator as Head Coach

On This Day 25 years ago The Sabres hired Ted Sator to be the bench boss of the Buffalo Sabres. Sator replaced Craig Ramsey who was the Interim Coach that took over for Scotty Bowman. Sator first game coach would be the following night in Philadelphia which the Sabres won 2-1. Sator would coach until the end of the 1988-1989 season when he was fired after a first round exit. Sator Coached in 160 Regular Season Games going 75-67-18, but in 11 playoff games would go 3-8. Sator was replaced by former Sabre Rick Dudley for the 1989-1990 Season.

Injury Report:

Toronto: M. Brown Back Surgery(IR/Out), Lombardi Dislocated Shoulder(IR/Out), Komisarek Broken Arm(IR/Out), Armstrong Concussion/Foot(IR/Out), Ph. Dupuis Upper Body(IR/Out), Steckel Bronchitis(Questionable)

Buffalo: Myers Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Boyes Knee(IR/Out), Gerbe Concussion(IR/Out), Leino Lower Body(Out), Tropp Concussion(IR/Out), Hecht Lower Body(Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Kaleta Groin(IR/Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Dec 26 vs. Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN CA)

Dec 28 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Dec 30 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Dec 31 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

Jan 3 vs. Edmonton Oilers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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