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Sabres head to Toronto for the 2nd game of the season

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Last Game:
Toronto: Jan 19 @ Montreal-Maple Leafs Won 2-1

Buffalo: Jan 20 vs. Philadelphia-Sabres Won 5-2

Record:
Toronto: 1-0-0
Buffalo: 1-0-0

Rank In Conference:
Toronto: 7th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Toronto: 40.0(T-12th)
Buffalo: 50.0(T-5th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Toronto: 80.0(T-10th)
Buffalo: 75.0(T-12th)

Goals For:
Toronto: 2(T-17th)
Buffalo: 5(T-4th)

Goals Against:
Toronto: 1(T-3rd)
Buffalo: 2(T-10th)

Shots For:
Toronto: 26(T-20th)
Buffalo: 41(3rd)

Shots Against:
Toronto: 22(T-6th)
Buffalo: 29(T-17th)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: 14(T-9th)
Buffalo: 9(T-23rd)

Hits:
Toronto: 39(T-2nd)
Buffalo: 13(28th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Toronto: 38.2(29th)
Buffalo: 53.7(9th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:
Toronto: Bozak and Kadri(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(2), Myers, Hodgson, Ott(1)

Assists:
Toronto: Kessel(2), Phaneuf and Kostka(1)
Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(3), Ennis, Stafford, Sekera(1)

Points:
Toronto: Kessel(2), Bozak, Kadri, Phaneuf, Kostka(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(5), Pominville(3), Myers, Hodgson, Ott, Ennis, Stafford, Sekera(1)

Plus/Minus:
Toronto: 18 players (+0)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+2), Vanek, Leopold, Regehr(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Toronto: Brown(5), Kostka, Kadri, Grabovski, van Riemsdyk, Franson(2)
Buffalo: Stafford(5), Regehr and Foligno(4), Myers, Ott, Leopold, Kaleta(2)

Shots:
Toronto: Liles, MacArthur, Lupul(4), Kessel(3), Bozak, Kadri, Komarov(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(9), Hodgson(7), Stafford(4), Ott and Ennis(3)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: Komisarek(4), Grabovski, Liles, Phaneuf(2)
Buffalo: Regehr(3), Ott(2), Myers, Scott, Sekera, Sulzer(1)

Hits:
Toronto: Komarov(8), Komisarek(6), Kadri and Lupul(4)
Buffalo: Ott(5), Kaleta(3), Myers(2), Foligno, Leopold, Regehr(1)

Face-Off Wins:
Toronto: Bozak(9), Grabovski(6), McClement(3), Kadri(2), van Riemsdyk(1)
Buffalo: Ennis and Hodgson(11), Grigorenko(5), Ott(4), Ellis and Hecht(2)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Toronto: Ben Scrivens 1-0-0 1.00 GAA .955 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-0-0 2.00 GAA .931 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Apr 3 @ Sabres-Buffalo won 6-5(OT)

Season Series: Toronto won 3-2-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 106-61-22
All-Time @ TOR: Sabres Lead 43-36-15

This Day In Sabres History:
January 21, 1989
Pierre Turgeon scores four minutes into overtime to give the Sabres a 6-5 win over the Bruins at Boston Garden and cap an incredible comeback — at one point, the Sabres trailed by four goals. In his second season as a Sabre, Turgeon would lead the team in scoring with 88 points. The win stretched the Sabres’ unbeaten streak to six games, on their way to nine, in a season in which the team was barely over .500 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Bruins for the second straight spring.

Injury Report:
Toronto: Gardiner Neck/Concussion-like symptoms(Out)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Gerbe Back Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Leg(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 24 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN HD)
Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Vanek’s 5 Points Night Leads Sabres Past Flyers

Thomas Vanek picked up where he left off last year recording 5 Points in the Sabres 5-2 Win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres showed no rust in their first game in over 8 months. The Sabres went 3 for 6 on the power plays and killed off 3 of the 4 Power Plays they faced on the Afternoon. Newest Addition Steve Ott put the Sabres on the board first with a power play marker with less than 9 minutes remaining in the 1st Period. The Sabres would hold the lead until the 2:23 mark of the 2nd Period on a Sean Couturier goal. The Flyers will grab the lead 2:34 later on a Power Play Goal from Claude Giroux. Thomas Vanek would score his first of 2 goals on the Afternoon when he got behind the Flyers defense scoring on the Power Play with 4:06 left in the 2nd Period. The Game would stayed tied until the 14:57 mark of the 3rd Period when Tyler Myers would put the Sabres ahead for good on the Power Play. Cody Hodgson would put the Sabres up 2 picking up a big rebound left by Flyers Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov after a Thomas Vanek Breakaway shot. Vanek would finish his 5 points night netting an empty net goal in the last minute of the game. Ryan Miller earned his first win of the game stopping 27 of the 29 Flyers shots. Ilya Bryzgalov got his second loss of the season stopping 36 Shots.

The Sabres won’t have a long rest, they return to action Monday Night when they take on the rivals Toronto Maple Leafs. Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG HD.

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