The Sabres play the Leafs for the second time this week

Toronto came from behind to win the game on Monday

Paul Hamilton
March 02, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Photo: John E. Sokolowski - USA TODAY Sports


Toronto, ON (WGR 550) - After beating Pittsburgh in overtime on Friday, the Sabres have, once again, put themselves in position to win two games in a row. They haven't done it since mid-December and that’s why they’re in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The team currently sits two points back of Philadelphia, seven points behind Pittsburgh and Columbus, and eight points back of Carolina.

Buffalo is back in Toronto, a place where they lost to the Leafs on Monday 5-3. Buffalo also has a 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs back in December.

In Monday’s game, the Sabres had a 1-0 second period lead and in less than four minutes, it was 3-1 Leafs.

The Sabres have points in three of their last five games, but have lost five straight on the road.

Jack Eichel opened the scoring against the Pens, giving him points in seven straight games. He has five goals and four assists in the time. With 23 goals and 47 assists for 70 points in 61 games, Eichel is 20th in league scoring.

Eichel has put 244 shots on net this season. That ranks him sixth in the NHL.

Coming into Friday’s game, Conor Sheary had no goals and two assists in nine games. He picked up two goals and an assist against his old team, including the overtime winner.

Sam Reinhart assisted on Eichel’s goal and has four goals and two assists for six points in four games.

The Sabres didn’t have a morning skate, so I don’t know if Carter Hutton will play. Hutton wasn’t well enough to get through a full practice on Thursday, but he did backup Linus Ullmark on Friday. Ullmark hasn’t started on back-to-back nights all season. Hutton started his first back-to-back this past week in Toronto and Philadelphia

Freddie Andersen will be in goal at the other end for Toronto. Andersen is 30-13-3 with a 2.59 goals-against average. He has a very good .923 save percentage. Andersen didn’t play in the 6-1 loss on Long Island, but he has played in eight-of-nine games and 11 out of 13. Andersen has won his last three starts.

Despite scoring against his old team on Monday, Tyler Ennis will be scratched to allow Nic Petan to play his first game as a Leaf. He was acquired from Winnipeg.

Toronto has won three of its last seven games.

The Leafs already have two 30-goal scorers. John Tavares has 36 and Austin Matthews has 30 in 50 games. That’s a 49-goal pace.

Matthews and Eichel enjoy facing each other. Matthews has eight goals and 11 points in nine games against Buffalo, while Eichel has 10 goals and 15 points in 11 games against Toronto.

Mitch Marner is 12th in league scoring with 75 points in 64 games. Tavares is two points behind Eichel in the scoring race.

In 28 games against the Sabres, Tavares has 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points.

Join Brian Koziol for the pre-game starting at 6:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Zemgus Girgensons and Tage Thompson.

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