NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (29-9-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (19-17-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to build on the momentum of
back-to-back victories this evening, when they welcome the Eastern Conference-
leading Buffalo Sabres to Air Canada Centre.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a very successful home-and-home series against
Boston, as they won both tests in the set and outscored the Bruins, 15-3, in
Toronto completely outmanned the Bruins in Thursday's finale, posting a 10-2
triumph in Beantown. Alexander Steen ripped Boston for a five-point night with
a hat trick and two assists to lead the Leafs at TD Banknorth Garden.
Andrew Raycroft stopped 29 shots for the Maple Leafs, who scored 10 goals in a
game for the first time since 1998. Bates Battaglia scored twice for Toronto,
Matthew Stajan notched two goals and registered two assists, and John Pohl had
a goal and two assists in the win.
The Leafs, who are 10-9-3 as the host this year, begin a brief two-game
homestand tonight. They will also welcome Carolina on Tuesday.
Buffalo, which leads the Northeast Division with 61 points, has lost its last
two games. The Sabres welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and were
handed a 4-2 setback. Evgeni Malkin scored the game-deciding goal at the tail
end of the second period and added an assist to lift the Pens at HSBC Arena.
Derek Roy and Chris Drury scored a goal each while Ryan Miller turned away 23
shots for the Sabres. Roy extended his point streak to six games and has one
goal and six assists during the stretch.
Tonight marks the first of a two-game swing for the Sabres, who are an
impressive 15-4-1 on the road.
The Sabres and Leafs have split a pair of meetings this year, but Buffalo has
taken six of eight and seven of the last 10 in the series.
01/06 10:34:30 ET