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Woodhouse 11-28-2013 01:20 PM

#27 Maple Leafs at Sabres Fri Nov 29 7:30PM ET MSG-B, Bell TV WGR-AM
 
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GDT #27: TOR (14-9-2) at BUF (5-20-1) – NOV 29 – 7:00PM ET – MSG-B, BELL TVWGR-AMCHATSTREAM

11/27 – Sabres succumb to Habs power play (Chris Ryndak – Sabres.com)

11/27 – Penguins, down three goals, rally past Maple Leafs (Wes Crosby – NHL.com)

11/28 – Late penalty dooms Sabres in loss to Canadiens (Bill Hoppe – Olean Times Herald)

11/28 – D'Agostini ready for another new opportunity (Chris Ryndak – Sabres.com)

11/28 – Game Preview: 11/29/13 vs Toronto (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

11/29 – Press Clips: 11/29/13 vs Toronto (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

11/29 – D'Agostini set to make Sabres debut (Chris Ryndak – Sabres.com)
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BUFFALO SABRES

Projected Lineup
(pending warmups)

26 Matt Moulson – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott ("C") – 23 Ville Leino – 27 Matt D'Agostini
72 Luke Adam – 63 Tyler Ennis – 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno – 65 Brian Flynn – 32 John Scott
X: 25 Mikhail Grigorenko

52 Alexander Sulzer – 10 Christian Ehrhoff ("A")
20 Henrik Tallinder ("A") – 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber – 3 Mark Pysyk
X: 4 Jamie McBain, 44 Brayden McNabb

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

Lineup News & Notes

Buffalo scratched Matt D'Agostini, Jamie McBain and Mike Weber in Wednesday's 3-1 loss vs Montreal.
Cody McCormick (UBI) remains on injured reserve, but could return as soon as tomorrow.

Weekly Transactions

Buffalo claimed Matt D'Agostini off waivers from Pittsburgh on Wednesday, waiving Corey Tropp, who was lost to Columbus.

According to the Stats

Buffalo are 12-1-1 in their last 14 home games against Toronto.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Projected Lineup
(pending morning skate & warmups)

21 James van Riemsdyk – 42 Tyler Bozak – 81 Phil Kessel
12 Mason Raymond – 43 Nazem Kadri – 71 David Clarkson
23 Trevor Smith – 11 Jay McClement ("A") – 41 Nikolai Kulemin
38 Frazer McLaren – 22 Jerred Smithson – 28 Colton Orr
X: 24 Peter Holland, 37 Carter Ashton

3 Dion Phaneuf ("C") – 36 Carl Gunnarsson
51 Jake Gardiner – 15 Paul Ranger
2 Mark Fraser – 4 Cody Franson
X: 44 Morgan Rielly

34 James Reimer
45 Jonathan Bernier

Lineup News & Notes

Toronto scratched Jake Gardiner, Joffrey Lupul (groin) and Frazer McLaren in Wednesday's 6-5 SOL at Pittsburgh.
Dave Bolland (ankle) and Joffrey Lupul (groin) remain inactive.

Weekly Transactions

Toronto signed Frederik Gauthier to a 3-yr ELC on Wednesday and recalled Carter Ashton today.

According to the Stats

On average, Toronto are outshot by ten per game (36.1-26.1).
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A/V CLUB

11/27 – Highlights of BUF's 3-1 loss vs MTL. <4:11>

11/27 – BUF's Ted Nolan addresses the media following Wednesday's loss. <5:05>

11/27 – Highlights of TOR's 6-5 OTL at PIT. <5:59>

11/27 – TOR's Randy Carlyle addresses the media following Wednesday's loss. <3:12>

11/28 – BUF's Ted Nolan addresses the media following Thursday's optional practice. <4:22>

11/29 – BUF's Ted Nolan addresses the media following today's morning skate. <2:17>


LAST H2H GAME

11/16/2013 – Buffalo 2 at Toronto 4.


joshjull 11-28-2013 01:25 PM

Where will Ennis play? Or will he be scratched?

These are the burning questions we need answers to

26CornerBlitz 11-28-2013 02:12 PM

Sabres aim to end skid against Maple Leafs

Quote:

Big story: The Maple Leafs come to Buffalo after seeing a 4-1 lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins turn into a 6-5 shootout loss Wednesday night. The Sabres have dropped five in a row after beating Toronto in their first game under interim coach Ted Nolan.

Team Scope:

Maple Leafs: Toronto took a seemingly secure 5-3 lead into the dressing room after two periods against Pittsburgh despite having been outshot 29-24. But everything fell apart after that.

Pittsburgh outshot the Maple Leafs 17-0 in the third period and got goals by James Neal and Evgeni Malkin to force overtime, took the only two shots in a scoreless overtime, then got goals by Sidney Crosby and Malkin in the shootout to take home the extra point.

"We stopped skating. We stopped forechecking. We stopped playing," said Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, whose team is being outshot by an average of 10 per game (36.1-26.1). "There's no explanation for us not getting any shots in the third period.

"We've got an old enough group and a veteran core that should be able to grab a hold of it."


Sabres: A 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday left Buffalo with two victories in 14 home games. Despite a 1-5-0 record and the continuing struggles at First Niagara Center, Nolan said he's seeing progress from a team whose 11 points are last in the overall standings.

"The one thing we asked our team to do is compete, and we competed," Nolan said. "When things are difficult, it's easy to point fingers, but this group is really starting to pay attention. We're making strides in the right direction."

Matt Moulson ended an 11-game drought by scoring the Sabres' lone goal.

26CornerBlitz 11-28-2013 03:27 PM

Randy Carlyle
 

Randy Carlyle speaks with the media following Thursdays practice

26CornerBlitz 11-28-2013 04:17 PM

@WharnsbyCBC

Lowest shots per game teams this #NHL season: #njdevils 24.7; #Sabres 25.3, #Leafs 26.1, #CBJ 27.6, #PredsNHL 28.0, #Oilers 28.0.

Myllz 11-28-2013 11:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 26CornerBlitz (Post 75182453)
@WharnsbyCBC 56s

Lowest shots per game teams this #NHL season: #njdevils 24.7; #Sabres 25.3, #Leafs 26.1, #CBJ 27.6, #PredsNHL 28.0, #Oilers 28.0.

I bet they generate at least 35 against Buffalo.

Squantosawuss 11-28-2013 11:30 PM

I predict....

Toronto 2.72, Buffalo 1.62

Kyndig86 11-29-2013 04:15 AM

Is Ennis injured or a healthy scratch?

If hes a healthy scratch I'm done watching this season. You never go full retard.

joshjull 11-29-2013 10:15 AM

@BuffNewsVogl: Brayden McNabb, Jamie McBain and Mikhail Grigorenko will be scratched for Sabres. Cody McCormick (upper body) not ready to return.

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joshjull (Post 75207009)
@BuffNewsVogl: Brayden McNabb, Jamie McBain and Mikhail Grigorenko will be scratched for Sabres. Cody McCormick (upper body) not ready to return.

:shakehead

@BuffaloSabres

Miller first off the ice, expected to start tonight vs. #Leafs. #Sabres

joshjull 11-29-2013 10:26 AM

Paul Hamilton ‏@pham1717 1m
Weber in for McNabb. Looks like Grigorenko sitting but we'll see. 82 stayed late too but I think he's in

joshjull 11-29-2013 10:29 AM

So what are we looking at for lines with Grigs possibly out?

Moulson/Hodgson/Stafford
Ott/Leino/D'Agostini
Adam/xxx/Girgs
Foligno/Flynn/Scott


I'm guessing Ennis or Girgs centers the 3rd line with the other on RW


EDIT: I think struck touched on this before but Ennis could be an effective #3 offensive center a la Roy behind the Co-Caps.

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 10:32 AM

@SNHockeyCentral

Maple Leafs have called up forward Carter Ashton.

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 10:34 AM

Nolan just said in his Presser that Ennis back to Center.

joshjull 11-29-2013 10:34 AM

Buffalo Sabres ‏@BuffaloSabres 42s
No Grigorenko tonight. "When you develop a young guy like that, once in a while it's better to sit back." -Nolan. Back tomorrow. #Sabres

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 10:35 AM

@pham1717

Grigorenko is scratched. Nolan said both he and McNabb will play in New Jersey,.

@BuffNewsVogl

Ted Nolan says Mikhail Grigorenko will be back in lineup Saturday, adds Brayden McNabb a little too aggressive jumping up in play lately.

Zip15 11-29-2013 10:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joshjull (Post 75207679)
Buffalo Sabres ‏@BuffaloSabres 42s
No Grigorenko tonight. "When you develop a young guy like that, once in a while it's better to sit back." -Nolan. Back tomorrow. #Sabres

Why not play him tonight when you can pick his matchups, whereas tomorrow you're letting someone else pick them for him?

jc17 11-29-2013 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 26CornerBlitz (Post 75207739)
@pham1717

Grigorenko is scratched. Nolan said both he and McNabb will play in New Jersey,.

I like that he already says they're playing in New Jersey and that they're scratched because they're young. I think Grigorenko especially is lacking confidence, and this is the right way to scratch a player without them losing confidence.

Also I agree with the comparison of Roy and Ennis being 3rd line centers, I think that's what the team needs. Ennis probably has the talent of a top 6 player but is better utilized a guy who doesn't necessarily log a ton of minutes but is used as a spark plug when he's sent out.

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 11:14 AM

Ted Nolan Press Conference (11/29/13)
 

Ted Nolan speaks with the media following Friday's morning skate at First Niagara Center.

CrazyPsycho 11-29-2013 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 26CornerBlitz (Post 75207739)
@pham1717

Grigorenko is scratched. Nolan said both he and McNabb will play in New Jersey,.

@BuffNewsVogl

Ted Nolan says Mikhail Grigorenko will be back in lineup Saturday, adds Brayden McNabb a little too aggressive jumping up in play lately.

Yeah, he was caught a good 3-4 times against Montreal. Thought this might happen.

Zman5778 11-29-2013 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zip15 (Post 75207999)
Why not play him tonight when you can pick his matchups, whereas tomorrow you're letting someone else pick them for him?

Let him sit against the more physical Leafs. Although he's playing better, he still is quite tentative when it comes to physical play.

I think Nolan is just setting him up to be as successful as he can.

Dubi Doo 11-29-2013 12:03 PM

I like how Nolan is treating Grigorenko. He's not abusing him in the public. He realizes Grigs wasn't handled properly, and is not ready for this league. He's saying all the right things to keep him playing confident.

SabresBillsBuffalo 11-29-2013 12:31 PM

I'm sorry but Sulzer has gotta go. McBain atleast brings and offensive element which we clearly need.

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 01:39 PM

Pre-Game Player Interviews
 

Matt D'Agostini speaks with the media following Friday's morning skate at First Niagara Center.


Christian Ehrhoff speaks with Dan Dunleavy following Friday's morning skate at First Niagara Center.


Matt Moulson speaks with the media following Friday's morning skate at First Niagara Center.


Steve Ott speaks with the media following Friday's morning skate at First Niagara Center.

26CornerBlitz 11-29-2013 01:50 PM

Dunleavy Game Preview
 

Dan Dunleavy previews Friday night's game against the Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center.


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