Archive for October 20th, 2015


Sabres Open Up 3 Game Home Stand Against Division Rival Maple Leafs 7:00 PM MSG HD SN HD

 @  7:00 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: October 17th @ Lightning Loss 2-1

Toronto: October 17th @ Penguins Loss 2-1



Buffalo: 1-4-0

Toronto: 1-3-1



Buffalo: 2

Toronto: 3


Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)

Toronto: 12th(7th in Atlantic)


Goals For:

Buffalo: 9(24th)

Toronto: 12(T-20th)


Goals Against:

Buffalo: 14(T-14th)

Toronto: 16(T-22nd)


Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 23.8%(9th)

Toronto: 13.3%(22nd)


Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 66.7%(28th)

Toronto: 75.0%(24th)


Shots For:

Buffalo: 143(T-21st)

Toronto: 161(T-14th)


Shots Against:

Buffalo: 128(3rd)

Toronto: 144(T-9th)


Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 48.2%(23rd)

Toronto: 54.6%(2nd)



Buffalo: 108(25th)

Toronto: 134(9th)


Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 44(29th)

Toronto: 62(T-22nd)


Team Leaders:


Buffalo: Eichel(2), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

Toronto: Komarov(3), Lupul and van Riemsdyk(2)



Buffalo: Foligno(3), O’Reilly, Ristolainen, Moulson, Kane, and McGinn(2)

Toronto: Phaneuf(4), Winnik(3), Kadri, Rielly, and Boyes(2)



Buffalo: Foligno, O’Reilly, Ristolainen, and Moulson(3), 6 Players Tied With 2 Points

Toronto: Phaneuf and Winnik(4), Kadri, Lupul, Komarov(3)



Buffalo: Reinhart, Pysyk, and McCabe(+1), Foligno and Larsson(EV), 7 Players Tied With a -1 Rating

Toronto: Phaneuf and Komarov(+4), Bozak(+3), Winnik, Gardiner, and Grabner(+2)


Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Gorges(6), Deslauriers(5), Moulson and Eichel(4)

Toronto: Phaneuf(10), Boyes(6), 6 Players Tied With 4 PIMS



Buffalo: Ennis(22), Ristolainen(16), Kane and O’Reilly(15), Eichel(12)

Toronto: Kadri(27), van Riemsdyk(15), Winnik(12)


Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: O’Reilly(63), Eichel(26), Larsson(24), Girgensons(8)

Toronto: Spaling(47), Bozak(43), Kadri(41), Holland(33)



Buffalo: Kane(14), Deslauriers(11), Girgensons and Foligno(9), Franson and Ennis(8)

Toronto: Komarov(20), Hunwick(13), Kadri and Polak(10), Gardiner, Lupul, and Harrington(8)


Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges and Ristolainen(7), Pysyk(6), Weber(4), Kane, Girgensons, and Colaiacovo(3)

Toronto: Hunwick(10), Polak, Phaneuf, Winnik, and Reilly(6), Spaling and Marincin(4)


Tonight’s Project Line Combinations:

Buffalo Forward Lines:






Sabres Defensive Pairings:





Maple Leafs Forward Lines:

van Riemsdyk-Kadri-Komarov





Maple Leafs Defensive Pairings:





Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Chad Johnson 5 GP 1-4-0 2.70 GAA .896 SV% 0 SO

Toronto: Jonathan Bernier 3 GP 0-3-0 3.08 GAA .900 SV% 0 SO



Last Meeting: April 1st Sabres Won 4-3

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-1-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 108-63-18-4-4

All-Time vs TOR: Sabres Lead 66-25-6-2-0


Upcoming Matchups:

March 7th @ Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

March 19th @ Maple Leafs 7:00 PM

March 31st vs Maple Leafs 7:00 PM


Last Game Recap:

Reinhart Scores First NHL Goal, But Sabres Lose 2-1


Alex Killorn scored a power-play goal with 3:57 left in the third period to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Saturday.


The sequence began when Sabres goalie Chad Johnsonmade a save on a one-timer from Tyler Johnson and tried to cover the loose puck. Tyler Johnson controlled the rebound and passed it to Killorn, who shot into the open side of the net.


“[Tyler] made a great play to kind of just hit it to a side because it was such a scramble,” Killorn said. “I had it, I knew the goalie was out of position, but I just wanted to wait out [defenseman Mike] Weber in front of the net just to make sure I scored.”


Tampa Bay (4-2-0) shook off a sluggish first period to snap a two-game losing streak and give goalie Ben Bishop the Lightning record with his 84th win.


Buffalo (1-4-0) scored first when Sam Reinhart, who was recently promoted to the top line by coach Dan Bylsma, scored his first NHL goal at 2:52 of the first period. Tyler Ennis gained possession of the puck behind the net off a turnover and placed a drop pass in the slot to Reinhart, the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft who was playing his 14th NHL game.


“It was awesome, to get it early in the game, playing with these guys helped the confidence a lot,” Reinhart said. “Obviously you anticipate first game, first shift to score … get it over with, but to see it go in is definitely exciting and a relief.”


Buffalo had a 16-3 shots advantage in the first period.


“We came out the right way … put pressure on them,” Reinhart said. “I think we’ve got to find way to continue that for a full 60. We still had our chances in the last two periods and still played some pretty good hockey at times.”


“Well, I think we [ended] up with some good opportunities and some good pucks at him,” Bylsma said. “There were some loose pucks in and around him that we had opportunities at. I know their second goal was not much different than their first goal. We get the power-play opportunity and we have a great chance at the net from Tyler Ennis and second chance from [Reinhart] … and we don’t score. He made one more save than we did [Saturday].”


Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres Open Up 3 Game Homestand vs Rival Maple Leafs


Season series: The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres each won two games last season, with the home team victorious each time. Sabres forward Matt Moulson led all scorers with four goals and seven points. Sabres forwardTyler Ennis had two goals and six points. Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak had two goals and five points.


Maple Leafs team scope: Jonathan Bernier, who won two of his three starts against Buffalo last season, will be in goal. Bozak, who sustained a lower-body injury Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and wasn’t in the lineup Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, was not at practice Tuesday and remains day-to-day. “The guy’s going to play when he’s ready to play, and in the meantime someone else gets an opportunity,” coach Mike Babcock told the Maple Leafs website. Peter Holland centered a line with Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes, which moved Marc Arcobello down in the lineup. Arcobello could be a scratch if Bozak returns. “Whenever I’m in the lineup I just have to try to bring my best game and contribute as much as I can,” said Arcobello, who is with his fifth NHL team since the start of the 2014-15 season.


Sabres team scope: Coach Dan Bylsma said he’s liked the line of Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart and is inclined to keep them together if they continue to generate chances. All three are natural centers. Bylsma switched captain Brian Gionta to right wing on a line with Moulson and Zemgus Girgensons. “More [about] the rounding out of another line,” Bylsma told the Sabres website. “[They’re] guys that have played together, had some success together last year.” Jamie McGinn moved onto the line with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane. Defenseman Cody Franson returned to practice Tuesday after taking a maintenance day and said he felt fine. Franson, who played parts of four seasons in Toronto, has exceeded 20 minutes of ice time in four of five games. “I really enjoyed my time in Toronto,” he said. “But this is the next chapter for me and I’m having a lot of fun here and I want to take two points from those guys.”


Injury Report:

Buffalo: McCormick Undisclosed(IR/Out), Bogosian Lower Body(IR/Out), Sanguinetti Upper Body(IR/Out), Lehner Lower Body(IR/Out), Franson Undisclosed(Questionable)

Toronto: Robidas Undisclosed(IR/Out), Bozak Lower Body(Out)


Next 5 Games:

October 23rd vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 24th vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 27th @ Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 29th @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 30th vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

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