Sabres set to close out series vs. Leafs

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Buffalo Sabres (10-15-4) 24 pts

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After Jhonas Enroth and Steve Ott led Buffalo to a 3-2 overtime win against Montreal on Tuesday, the Sabres will face another division foe tonight at the First Niagara Center. The Maple Leafs are fresh off of a 4-2 victory over the Lightning on Wednesday night, a game in which team-leading scorer Nazem Kadri contributed three assists.

Tonight, the two teams will close out the season series in Buffalo. The Maple Leafs have taken two of the first three games, including one in overtime, and have outscored the Sabres by a combined score of 8-6.

Despite sitting 13th in the Eastern Conference, the Sabres are eyeing a playoff spot, but will need to string together some wins in a hurry. Buffalo is six points out, but a victory against Toronto could have them just four points away from that final eighth spot.

“[Thursday] is obviously a big test for us,” Sabres captain Jason Pominville said. “[It’s] a team we’re trying to catch. It’s going to be a big game, a home game that it’d be nice to pull off and get ourselves closer to where we want to be.”

Buffalo may be without Thomas Vanek for tonight’s matchup. The Sabres leading scorer left Tuesday’s game after he suffered a lower-body injury due to a Christian Ehrhoff shot from the point.

However, the Sabres will likely have Ryan Miller back between the pipes after he received the night off in Montreal while Enroth earned his 2nd win of the season.

Toronto has been struggling as of late, winning four of the past ten, but remain 6th in the Conference. The Maple Leafs have three teams on its tail so nothing is secured as they need a win as well.

Buffalo will have to try and contain the Maple Leafs offense, which is ranked 6th in the league with 90 goals on the season. The Sabres have scored 79, which has them ranked 18th.

After tonight’s game, the Sabres will embark on a three game road swing, making a trip back to Montreal followed by visits to Florida and Tampa Bay.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on MSG.

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Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-2) 32 pts

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Justin Banker via Facebook
Justin Banker via Facebook

If Ott is still on the top line tonight, tally him for at least a goal. Hodgson will have one, and Flynn will have a goal. Final Score: 3-2 Buffalo.

Corey Haigh via Facebook
Corey Haigh via Facebook

Wtf is the matter w you faggots the sabres blow and Darcy has to go along w pretty much the whole team

Darcie Meyers-Turton via Facebook
Darcie Meyers-Turton via Facebook

The best way to see if enroth can handle it is to play him then,no? The team doesn't play as hard when miller is in,maybe its his crappy attitude latley?!

Nick Heeren via Facebook
Nick Heeren via Facebook

I hope the Sabres have as big a hate on for the Leafs that I do and they will smoke 'em. Living here in Fort Erie with all these Leaf fans has put a damper on my good disposition.

Justin Banker via Facebook
Justin Banker via Facebook

@Evan Enroth isn't nearly well conditioned enough to play in back to back games, let alone be able to make 30+ saves as will most likely be required. Though seeing him play as much as we have so far is a glimmer of hope / possibility of the organization shopping Miler around. We know that Rolston rides his staring goalie until they quite literally can't play anymore. Having Enroth in for a few games while Miller is healthy enough to play (could have played through the sinus issue) is quite telling that we are comfortable with our backup if Miller was to be moved. I wouldn't be surprised if Enroth played every couple of games up until the deadline. Enroth (1), Miler (2), Enroth (1) and so on. If the organization is serious on moving Miller, we need to make sure that Enroth can handle the load while we search for a new starter / name Enroth the starter. If Miller is moved I also wouldnt be surprised if Leggio was brought up and given a chance to win the job away from Enroth, Leggio is 32-19-1 on the year with 3 Shutouts, .92 Save % and 2.63 GAA.

Gina Mara via Facebook
Gina Mara via Facebook

Miller is so emotional....moreso than me....stay away from the media and just PLAY

Evan Belliveau via Facebook
Evan Belliveau via Facebook

I dont get why theyre playing Miller. Enroth has been hot lately, let him stay in net and see how he does.