NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, February 14th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (25-26-5-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (31-14-9-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres continue their march towards a playoff
berth tonight, as they head into Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs at the
Air Canada Centre.
The Sabres have 56 points and are seven behind the Islanders for the final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo hasn't made the postseason
On Friday, the Sabres dismantled the Los Angeles Kings, 8-3, at HSBC Arena.
Maxim Afinogenov scored twice and Ales Kotalik delivered a career-high three
points to lead Buffalo to the blowout.
Daniel Briere and Kotalik each finished with a goal and two assists for the
Sabres, who notched the final seven goals to earn their second straight win.
Martin Biron made 21 saves to help Buffalo win for the sixth time in seven
Buffalo, which has won two straight and three of its last four road games,
returns home for Monday's game against Atlanta.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, lead the Northwest Division with 74 points and are
just two behind Philadelphia for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto is coming off a 4-1 home victory over Columbus on Thursday night. Gary
Roberts' power-play goal in the second period snapped a tie and propelled the
Maple Leafs to the win.
Darcy Tucker and Mikael Renberg each posted a goal and an assist while Tie
Domi also scored for the Leafs, owners of a three-game unbeaten streak
(2-0-1). Ed Belfour turned aside 18 shots to backstop the win, as Toronto has
now earned a point in five of its last six games (4-1-1).
Roberts scored for the second straight game and has five goals and one assist
in his last six contests.
Toronto captain Mats Sundin suffered a cut below his right eye after being hit
with David Vyborny's stick. However, he stayed in the game and assisted on the
Leafs' final goal to extend his point streak to five games (3g, 5a).
The home team has dominated this series recently, losing just once in the
previous 22 matchups (16-1-5).
Buffalo is 3-1-1 in the last five matchups overall, but is winless in its last
12 trips to Toronto (0-9-3).
02/14 10:15:03 ET