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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Toronto Maple Leafs

The last time the Buffalo Sabres faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was a tight fisted (no pun intended) affair.  Both teams are looking to rebound off rough starts to the season, which sees both teams looking up at the rest of the division.

The roster will be very similar for the Buffalo Sabres, although the lineup may be slightly different, as Lindy continues to utilize players on a struggling offense that cannot find ways to put the puck in the net.

For Toronto, they will likely be without Clarke MacArthur, and will be without Joffrey Lupul.

Injuries, apparently will play a role in whether Mikhail Grigorenko stays or is kept off the ice tonight.  The decision on Grigorenko has not been made yet, and so long as he does not play tonight, they really don’t have to do anything with him just yet.  If they need another few days to think about it and evaluate his game, they could make him a healthy scratch tonight.  The minute he plays in his sixth game, the clock starts ticking.  Why do I feel we have been here before?  Thats right, because we all did the same dance with Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff when it came time for Tyler Myers to play in his tenth game just a few years ago.

Thomas Vanek should be back in the lineup tonight, and that should help the struggling Buffalo Sabres offense.  He seems to be the only one that is keeping things together offensively through the start of the season.  If Grigs stays – maybe we get to see him between Vanek and Pominville sooner than later.

The Buffalo Sabres skate into tonight on a three game losing streak – not able to put wins up against two of the more struggling teams in the Eastern Conference.  Thankfully their opponent has not been able to put things together as well, but neither have the last two opponents. The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs come into tonight tied, with Buffalo holding the slight advantage in the standings.

Game time tonight is 7PM and can be seen on MSG.

It was good to have RJ back in the press box calling the game on Sunday – and hope that the Buffalo Sabres can turn things around so Rick can get his first winning call of the season under his belt.

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