Sabres @ Leafs: Positively Pogge-licious


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Buffalo Sabres
@ Toronto Maple Leafs

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009, 7:00 PM EST
Air Canada Centre

Pre Game: 6:00 p.m., Leafs TV
Broadcast: 7:00 p.m., TSN (HD), Versus (HD), AM640
Post Game: 9:30 p.m., Leafs TV

SBNation Sabres Coverage: Die By The Blade

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Justin Pogge's getting the nod tonight. After a solid effort by the boys against Pittsburgh on Saturday night, hopefully the Leafs can put together a halfway competent defensive effort in front of the kid, unlike his last two starts where the Leafs absolutely hung Pogge out to dry. He'll see the Sabres for the third time this year, playing them once in the preseason and once in Buffalo with an 0-2 record.

Previous matchups between the teams:


Final - 2.4.2009 1 2 3 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 0 0
Buffalo Sabres 2 1 2 5

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Final - 1.1.2009 1 2 3 Total
Buffalo Sabres 0 3 1 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 1 1

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Final - 12.12.2008 1 2 3 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 1 1 2
Buffalo Sabres 1 0 0 1

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That's pretty ugly actually, the Leafs are averaging 1.00 goals per game against the Sabres right now, yet actually have a win. Taking two points from Buffalo tonight would even the season series between the clubs and bring Pogge back to .500.

Things I'd like to see from the Leafs tonight:

  • A strong outing from Pogge, especially if the team in front of him looks bad. It sounds like I'm asking for a miracle and in a way I am, but it'd be good to see Pogge start to play with some fire while up with the big club.
  • Competent defensive zone coverage from the Leafs. The 5-0 pasting in Buffalo was largely due to how completely awful the Leafs looked in their defensive end.
  • Jason Blake to continue his dominant play as of late. The more he lights the lamp, the better the chance some desperate GM overpays for him at the deadline.

The Leafs are without two key defensive contributors, but the Sabres are without Thomas Vanek, 5th in the NHL with 32 goals scored. Die by the Blade suggests that the Leafs might see Patrick Lalime instead of Ryan Miller.


Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tomas Kaberle hand 01/30/2009
Mike Van Ryn knee 02/08/2009


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Thomas Vanek jaw 02/08/2009
Henrik Tallinder shoulder 01/22/2009
Maxim Afinogenov groin 01/04/2009

The pieces are in place for a great game tonight, let's hope it's a good one for PPP who will be in attendance. Go Leafs go!

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