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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Toronto Maple Leafs

If it is not bad enough that the city of Toronto takes one regular season Buffalo Bills game away from us here in Buffalo, but now the Toronto Maple Leafs are better than the Buffalo Sabres?

How did we let that happen?

At a time when Darcy Regier should be walking around the locker room with a price gun and putting prices on every player in the room – the Buffalo Sabres appear to be standing pat and letting other National Hockey League teams skate in night after night and give the blue and gold a solid case of the lumps.

Buffalo is coming into tonights contest looking to start a winning streak, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to continue a strong surge that has them looking to end their nearly decade long playoff drought.  Buffalo is trying to stave off missing the playoffs for the second straight year.  Toronto is looking to make the playoffs for the first time since the complete season lockout.

The most of Buffalo’s success came this year because off the offense of Thomas Vanek, who shot out of the gate this year and despite his teams struggles, was scoring goals and putting up points with the best of the league.  That production has greatly fallen off, and now it appears that Thomas Vanek will not suit up against the Toronto Maple Leafs after taking a zinger off the hip while battling in front of the net.

This is the fourth meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs.  So far Toronto has been the victor in two of the three contests  Game time is slotted for 7PM.

With 18 games remaining on the schedule, Buffalo is still only 6 points out of the final playoff spot, and can jump over the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers for sole possession of the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference.  Both the Bolts and the Flyers are idle tonight, so a Buffalo Sabres win could put them one point ahead of both of those teams.  Toronto comes in having played the Bolts last night.

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