NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 16th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (40-32-8) at Buffalo Sabres (50-24-6), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres continue their playoff tune-up today when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to HSBC Arena.
Buffalo will enter the postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, while Toronto will be home watching for the first time since 1998.
The Sabres ride into the matchup with some momentum, as they have won three straight games. On Saturday, Chris Drury and J.P. Dumont tallied third period goals as the Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, at the Bell Centre.
Ryan Miller made 43 saves for the Sabres, who swept a home-and-home from the Habs and have won five of their last six games overall.
The Sabres will finish their regular season Tuesday in Carolina.
Toronto, meanwhile, checks in with a four-game winning streak, but was eliminated from playoff contention when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated Carolina on Saturday night.
Against Ottawa on Saturday, Tomas Kaberle tallied a goal and two assists to lead Toronto to a 5-1 win at Air Canada Centre.
Matt Stajan, Chad Kilger, Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov all lit the lamp for Toronto, while Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 30-of-31 shots in the win.
Aubin has been the catalyst for the Leafs' late push, as he improved to 8-0-2 since entering the mix in mid March. The former Penguins netminder had spent most of the season in the AHL, but was recalled permanently when Ed Belfour was lost for the season due to back problems.
The Leafs will play their final game of the season on Tuesday against visiting Pittsburgh.
Buffalo is 5-2 against Toronto this season, including a 3-0 mark at HSBC Arena.
04/16 10:22:25 ET