NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 4th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-3) at Buffalo Sabres (11-0-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to continue their amazing start
to the season when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to HSBC Arena tonight.
The Sabres are 11-0-1 this year and are one of just two teams in the NHL
without a regulation loss this season (Anaheim). Buffalo has 23 points and
holds a six-point edge over Montreal and Toronto for first place in the
Buffalo was dealt a shootout loss by Atlanta on October 28 and rebounded with
a win Thursday night in Boston. Ales Kotalik's goal with 1:35 left in the
third period tied the game, and then his goal in the shootout proved to be the
difference as the Sabres erased a three-goal deficit in the third period to
beat the Bruins, 5-4.
Maxim Afinogenov scored two goals for the Sabres, while goaltender Ryan Miller
finished with 30 saves.
Jason Pominville also added a goal for Buffalo, giving him one in each of his
last six games. He has nine points (6g, 3a) during that span.
The Maple Leafs hope to get back on the winning track tonight when they close
out a three-game road trip. Toronto began the swing with a win in Tampa Bay on
Wednesday, but was then handed a setback by Florida on Thursday. Rostislav
Olesz scored a goal and assisted on another to help the Panthers earn a 4-2
Mats Sundin Bryan McCabe each scored goals for the Leafs and Tomas Kaberle
notched a pair of assists.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 39-of-42 shots, but suffered the loss in just his
fourth game of the season.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Toronto.
Buffalo went 6-2 against Toronto last season.
11/04 10:17:35 ET