Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres: ***4:00 p.m.***
Watch on: TSN4, and MSG-Buffalo
Opponent’s site: Die By The Blade

The Toronto Maple Leafs are mad.

They’re mad at themselves for how they treated Michael Hutchinson in his first stint with the team this season. So mad that they’ve been quite transparent in their desire to get him his first win of the season tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

Head Coach Sheldon Keefe has given Hutch the first half of the back-to-back on the road, in a matinee game that he’s used to in the AHL. This is the best scenario before a game Hutchinson has been in by a mile this season and it’s his chance, and the team’s chance, to put together a worthy win.

Maple Leafs Lines

Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev - John Tavares - Zach Hyman
Nic Petan - Jason Spezza - Kasperi Kapanen
Pierre Engvall - Frederik Gauthier - Dmytro Timashov
Scratched: Nick Shore
Injured: Mitchell Marner, Trevor Moore
Suspended: Alexander Kerfoot (one more game)

Morgan Rielly - Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin - Justin Holl
Travis Dermott - Tyson Barrie

Michael Hutchinson
Frederik Andersen

Buffalo Sabres Lines

This is also a big game for the Sabres... For some reason.

Sabres and Maple Leafs - A Very Important Game

The Sabres don’t like it when Leafs Nation fills their arena for the only times of the season. I guess that’s reason to hate us. Bring it on.

Jimmy Vesey - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner - Casey Mittelstadt - Conor Sheary
Victor Olofsson - Jean-Sebastien Dea - Rasmus Asplund
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Curtis Lazar

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Zach Bogosian - Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: Colin Miller, Rasmus Dahlin

For now, we don’t know what the defense pairings are. The Sabres have too many mediocre names to choose from. For now, I’ve gone with last game’s lineup; the one where they scratched Colin Miller and Rasmus Dahlin. Wild stuff.