NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 3rd (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (16-19-3-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (21-8-7-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to win their third straight game tonight when they visit the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Buffalo has won games over Washington and Anaheim by a combined score of 12-3, and is 4-1-1 on the heels of a seven-game losing streak. On Friday night, Chris Drury, Daniel Briere, Curtis Brown and Dmitri Kalinin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the visiting Mighty Ducks.
Miroslav Satan also scored and Jochen Hecht added two assists for the Sabres, while Martin Biron made 24 saves to win back-to-back games for the first time since late October. Biron has reclaimed the starting job by default, as Mika Noronen is on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Satan has seven goals and four assists in his last nine games.
The Sabres, who have lost seven of their last nine road tilts, will visit Montreal on Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs were dealt a 3-2 setback by the Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter on Thursday. Since having their 16-game point streak ended, the Leafs are 0-2-1 in their last three contests. However, Toronto still has a six-point edge over Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division, and is only a point behind Philadelphia and Detroit for the overall league lead.
Boston was much more aggressive than the Maple Leafs, as the Bruins outshot Toronto 41-23 for the game. Ed Belfour stopped 38 shots for Toronto, while Matt Stajan and Gary Roberts posted goals.
The Maple Leafs, who are 10-2-1-2 at home this season, visit Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Buffalo defeated Toronto, 5-3, at HSBC Arena on October 30, and the home team is 16-1-4 in the last 21 meetings. The only road win in the series over that span was a 3-2 Maple Leafs decision on November 15, 2002.
01/03 11:19:21 ET