5 Things to Know: Sabres at Maple Leafs

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (22-22-10) @ TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-17-11)
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG

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  • Tonight the Sabres travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for the third time this season
  • Buffalo is 5-4-1 in the last 10 games
  • The Sabres are 9-13-6 at on the road in 2016-17
  • The Sabres begin the day six points out of the final Wild Card slot, with two games in hand on the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 17: Buffalo Sabres Right Wing Kyle Okposo (21) celebrates his goal with Buffalo Sabres Defenceman Jake McCabe (29) and Buffalo Sabres Defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) during the first period of the NHL regular season game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres on January 17, 2017, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DID YOU KNOW?

The home team has won 23 of the last 27 meetings between these two teams

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  • The Sabres’ top pick in 2015 has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in only 33 games this season
  • The 20-year-old center has produced a goal and four assists in the past four games

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DID YOU KNOW?

Eichel has 11 points in his last 12 games, including five multi-point performances

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“Any divisional game right now is huge for us. They’re four-point swings and this Toronto team, the last few games, I think, have been disappointing against them. We can be a lot better against them and they’re right above us. They’re a team we can catch if we chip away and get back in this.”

 –Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly looking forward to another battle with Toronto

DID YOU KNOW?

In the 17 games since returning from injury, O’Reilly has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists)

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The Sabres rank second in the NHL in power play percentage, scoring 23.3 percent of the time.

DID YOU KNOW?

Matt Moulson has scored nine with the man advantage, Kyle Okposo has seven, while Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel each have six

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EICHEL SCORES RIGHT OFF THE DRAW