Nov 15, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with Buffalo Sabres right wing Drew Stafford (21) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres-Leafs: Fan Chatter for Grudge Match Part 2!

Now this is more like it, Sabres fans!

The Hardest Working Team in Hockey was back, for at least one night, as the Sabres put together a true team effort to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 last night in the first of their home-and-home set with their rivals to the north.

Of course, we would all love to see the Sabres stick it to the Leafs again, to prove to us that they can get a little consistency and, more importantly, some momentum going.

Steve Ott sure had it working last night, but Cody Hodgson and Matt Moulson were not factors in last night’s game at all.  That is going to have to change if the Sabres want to win their third game in a row tonight.

There should be no doubt about this much: the Leafs are going to want to redeem themselves at home in front of their fans tonight, as Toronto currently sits in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, but only one point behind third-place Detroit.  Picking up two points is definitely the goal for the Leafs, so the Sabres should be ready to absorb whatever opening punches Toronto throws in Buffalo’s direction and then settle in for a grinder of a game.

There’s only one question I’m concerned with today: who wins?  Other than that, toss all of your thoughts and predictions into a blender and spit them out at me, either below or @theamazingMrS!  Go Sabres!!!

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  • Wayne

    The hard work was there last night as well as an energy the fans have not seen in far too long. The team effort was backed up by an intangible that Ted Nolan seems to bring. Maybe its the hope that things will get better if they all just play hockey. Anyway its something the Buffalo team has been in short supply of. Pat could have brought a different coach in but no other coach wants to be there coaching this team more than Ted. I guarantee tonight’s game will be another hard working team effort.

  • Andrew

    I’m thinking this is a game that goes down to the wire. Maybe OT or a shoot out.

    • Wayne

      I agree, should be exciting

  • Jes

    Sabres win 5-1.

    1. First period will be a slug fest. The 2nd is where the Sabres run away with the game.
    2. Moulson and CoHo I hope have good games. I know for sure Moulson will be getting traded this trade deadline.
    3. Anyone know if Grigorenko is back? What about Larsson?
    4. Who gets the start?

    The hardest working team in the league? I dunno man getting a little ahead of ourselves?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Miller back between the pipes and Grigo, Larsson and Zadorov are still scratched.

      • Jes

        thanks CC

    • Richard Spalding

      My Hardest Working Team comment is a reference to Nolan’s first stint with the team.

      • Eric

        These youngins don’t know about “the hardest working team in the league”

        • Richard Spalding

          Not tonight they didn’t!!!

  • Caitlin Campbell

    Think it’s going to be a close game that could go to OT

  • Richard Spalding

    I wish Larsson and Zadorov were playing . . . but I’m not going to dwell on it. I think this game is closer tonight, but I honestly still see the Sabres winning, this time by a 3-2 score. I think Moulson in particular has a great game in store.

  • Timothy Redinger

    The Leafs haven’t scored more than one goal per game since the start of November, and were even shutout once. If they think this game is going to get out of hand – I don’t doubt they will try to turn it into a slugfest.

    Either way – I think we are going to be in for an entertaining night.

  • davidmuscalo

    I hope Enroth is ready for the bombardment he will likely be subjected to in the first period of the game. That is, I assume Enroth will be in goal since Miller faced over 30 shots last evening.

    One could not help but notice that Grigo, Larsson and Zadorov were absent from the lineup last night. I suspect, they may also be absent from the lineup tonight and perhaps for much of the remainder of the season. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Ted Nolan buys the “learn on the job” philosophy of his the previous regime. I think he believes you have to earn a place in this league by paying your dues in the minors first. Remember, none of these draft picks were in the top ten of the draft, and even the first, second and third picks often start in the minors.

    Nolan likes to win; he doesn’t like to be embarrassed by raw rookie mistakes costing the team games. That didn’t seem to both his predecessor, but he will not stand for it. If Grigo, Larsson and Zadorov haven’t gotten the message, they soon will.