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Pre-season game preview: Maple Leafs @ Sabres

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Will we see another dozen penalties called tonight?

NHL: Preseason-Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Last night Linus Ullmark played lights out for the Buffalo Sabres, keeping the Toronto Maple Leafs to a single goal as the Sabres lost 3sn-0. Tonight the teams move to the First Marine HSBC Memorial Midland Centre of Niagara Auditorium and face off one more time in the pre-season.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Buffalo Sabres
7:00PM - Whatever Bank it’s named after now Arena
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet590

Maple Leafs lines

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Carl Grundstrom - Eric Fehr - Kasperi Kapanen
Kerby Rychel - Dominic Moore - Andreas Johnsson
Nikita Soshnikov - Ben Smith - Rich Clune

Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Calle Rosen - Connor Carrick
Martin Marincin - Rinat Valiev

Frederik Andersen
Kasimir Kaskisuo

Spares: Timothy Liljegren, Michael Paliota

Tonight it’s a stronger look at forwards who could make the team, as they rewarded the fans who paid too much to watch the game at Ricoh with the offensive stars last night.

Johnsson, Fehr, Grundstrom, Kapanen, Rychel, Soshnikov, and Smith are all playing for a spot in the line up, and Babcock said that Clune was up to keep the Sabres from taking liberties.

Some post skate news:

  • Babcock says that Moore, Smith, Aaltonen, and Fehr are all being considered for the fourth line centre job.
  • Roman Polak isn’t cleared to play yet and he sin’t rushing back.
  • Babcock says they’ll make a decision on Polak when he’s ready to play.

Buffalo Sabres lines

Matt Moulson - Jack Eichel - Kyle Okposo
Evander Kane - Sam Reinhart - Jason Pominville
CJ Smith - Johan Larsson - Hudson Fasching
Nicolas Deslauriers - Kyle Criscuolo - Justin Bailey

Nathan Beaulieu - Rasmus Ristolainen
Josh Gorges - Victor Antipin
Brendan Guhle - Matt Tennyson

Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

The Sabres have a bunch of guys trying out as well but I don’t know who they are because I know 4 Sabres players.

Anyway, hopefully tonight isn’t full of penalties that no one scores on, because having one power play goal out of 13 opportunities is awful. The pre-season is awful.

Anyway, the games at 7 so enjoy that if it’s your thing. I’ll be doing anything else.