Keys to Sabres-Leafs

BY: DAVID KOLB | @DAVIDKOLBMSG

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-4-3) @ BUFFALO SABRES (4-3-2)
GAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 PM ON MSG-WNY

STREAKING IN BUFFALO

The Sabres picked up a 2-1 victory in Minnesota Tuesday for their third straight win. Ryan O’Reilly and Johan Larsson scored goals, while Robin Lehner made 27 saves, putting the Sabres above the .500 mark for the first time this season. 

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WINNING TOUCH

Larsson has scored important goals for the Sabres over the past year. The 24-year-old tallied 10 goals last season and five game-winners. This year, Larsson has already potted two goals, both game-winners. 

LINE ONE ROLLING

Much of the Sabres’ early-season offense has been produced by first-line linemates, Kyle Okposo, O’Reilly and Matt Moulson. Of Buffalo’s 22 goals scored this season, 12 have come off the stick of this trio.

CREASE SUCCESS

The big question coming into the season circled around the Sabres’ goaltending. But Anders Nilsson and Lehner have played superbly in net, helping Buffalo to a solid start. Nilsson has a 1.96 goals against average and a .937 save percentage in three games, while Robin Lehner has been fantastic with a 2.34 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. 

SOFT D THE KEY

The Leafs have struggled mightily defensively and the Sabres will try to exploit Toronto’s Achilles’ heel tonight. The Leafs have allowed 36 goals in 10 games this season, and tonight look for the Sabres to pit their top forward line against the Leafs’ third defensive pairing of Martin Marincin and Connor Carrick.