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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/21/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TORONTO (16-12-0-2, 34 pts.) at BUFFALO (11-15-0-4, 26 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/21/2013 7:05 PM
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53TORONTO-105Ov 5.5,-110-105Ov 5.5,+100
54BUFFALO-115Un 5.5,-110-115Un 5.5,-120
TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-14-0+3.616-14+3.615-
Team Stats (Road Games)9-6-0+5.69-6+5.68-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.41-4-3.43-
vs. Division6-5-0+1.46-5+1.45-52.727.72.232.2
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)30902734272282710.9%1081816.7%152
Team Stats (Road Games)15461319122137012.4%511019.6%76
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5153930013910.8%13215.4%25
Team Stats (vs. Division)113091010113059.8%38923.7%51
Stats Against (All Games) 85183035269538.9%961414.6%144
Stats Against (Road Games) 4081517024498.9%52917.3%73
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 204772316412.2%1715.9%33
Stats Against (vs. Division) 247710013546.8%29310.3%41
TORONTO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JAMES REIMER (All Games)171548544591.8%010-5+6.610-5-0+710-4
JAMES REIMER (Road Games)7722020191.4%05-2+4.85-2-0+46-1
JAMES REIMER (vs. Division)4414613894.5%03-1+2.83-1-0+33-1
JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)431049490.4%01-2-11-2-0-12-0
JUSSI RYNNAS (All Games)1066100.0%00-000-0-000-0
JUSSI RYNNAS (Road Games)1066100.0%00-000-0-000-0
BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)171545841991.5%16-9-3.16-9-0-35-8
BEN SCRIVENS (Road Games)9822120291.4%04-4+0.74-4-002-4
BEN SCRIVENS (vs. Division)7720719292.8%13-4-1.43-4-0-12-4
BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)43837388.0%00-3-3.40-3-0-32-1

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-19-0-8.211-19-8.215-132.629.03.232.8
Team Stats (Home Games)5-8-0-4.95-8-4.98-52.831.23.132.6
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.12-3-0.12-32.825.83.030.8
vs. Division5-7-0-1.25-7-1.27-52.730.13.232.9
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3079212232458699.1%1081312.0%131
Team Stats (Home Games)133691015234058.9%52713.5%61
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5145441012910.9%18211.1%25
Team Stats (vs. Division)123310813223619.1%4449.1%54
Stats Against (All Games) 95204031459849.7%1182521.2%153
Stats Against (Home Games) 4071813224249.4%421023.8%64
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15383101549.7%16425.0%24
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3972010213959.9%521019.2%67
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)6516815290.5%02-3+0.22-3-002-2
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)11333297.0%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1
JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)32696188.4%01-1+0.81-1-0+11-1
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)4412011192.5%02-2+1.22-2-0+11-2
RYAN MILLER (All Games)262581474090.9%19-16-8.39-16-0-813-11
RYAN MILLER (Home Games)121238935290.5%04-8-6.24-8-0-68-4
RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)101032529590.8%14-6-24-6-0-26-4
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)43917986.8%00-3-3.30-3-0-32-1
Average power rating of opponents played: TORONTO 3.2,  BUFFALO 3.08
TORONTO - Schedule
2/23/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, -120L5 ovP
2/25/2013at PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, +135W5.5 ovO
2/27/2013MONTREAL2-5L0, -110L5 ovO
2/28/2013at NY ISLANDERS5-4W0, +120W5.5 evO
3/4/2013NEW JERSEY4-2W0, -120W5 ovO
3/6/2013OTTAWA5-4W0, -145W5 ovO
3/7/2013at BOSTON2-4L0, +175L5.5 unO
3/9/2013PITTSBURGH4-5L0, +120L6 unO
3/12/2013at WINNIPEG2-5L0, +105L5.5 unO
3/14/2013PITTSBURGH1-3L0, +120L6 ovU
3/16/2013WINNIPEG4-5L0, -140L5.5 evO
3/20/2013TAMPA BAY4-2W0, -145W6 evP
3/21/2013at BUFFALO 
3/25/2013at BOSTON 
3/30/2013at OTTAWA 

BUFFALO - Schedule
2/23/2013NY ISLANDERS0-4L0, -125L5.5 ovU
2/26/2013at TAMPA BAY2-1W0, +125W6 ovU
2/28/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
3/2/2013NEW JERSEY4-3W0, +110W5 evO
3/3/2013at NY RANGERS2-3L0, +175L5 ovP
3/5/2013at CAROLINA3-4L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/7/2013at NEW JERSEY2-3L0, +125L5 ovP
3/10/2013at PHILADELPHIA2-3L0, +120L5.5 evU
3/12/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, +135W5 ovU
3/16/2013OTTAWA3-4L0, -130L5 ovO
3/17/2013at WASHINGTON3-5L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/19/2013at MONTREAL3-2W0, +180W5.5 unU
3/23/2013at MONTREAL 
3/26/2013at TAMPA BAY 
3/28/2013at FLORIDA 

LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 13th in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season with Leafs, 6-9-3; 8th overall, 279-191-64 in NHL.

ADDED: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement.

LOST: RW Colby Armstrong, D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson.

PLAYER TO WATCH: The focus in Toronto continues to be on the turnstile in goal, a position that's been unsettled since Curtis Joseph led the Leafs to their last playoff berth in 2004 (yes, two NHL lockouts ago). Unless the Maple Leafs do go ahead and make a push to trade for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, they'll settle on the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.

OUTLOOK: Unsettled as usual. The Maple Leafs couldn't even get out of the lockout without making headlines by firing GM Brian Burke last week. Toronto has more than enough offensive punch, particularly with the addition of van Riemsdyk. The question always remains whether they have enough defense and goaltending to end what's now a seven-season playoff drought.


LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference

COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.

ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.

LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.

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*Maple Leafs-Sabres Preview* ============================


Toronto (15-12-2) at Buffalo (11-15-4), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs have their budding star to thank for pulling them out of their season-worst slump. Now, they look for him to keep pushing the club toward its first playoff appearance in nearly a decade.

Toronto hopes Nazem Kadri can continue his stellar Thursday night as the Maple Leafs visit the Buffalo Sabres, a team who may be without its own top scorer as it still searches for more consistency.

The Maple Leafs (16-12-2) were stuck in a season-long five-game losing streak prior to Wednesday's 4-2 home victory over Tampa Bay - and it was the 22-year-old Kadri stealing the show as he matched a career best with three assists.

Kadri, who leads the team with 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists, has left coach Randy Carlyle with little choice but to pit his line against the opponent's top unit each night.

"We're going to test Kadri against the best players," Carlyle said. "He wants that, he cherishes it and tonight it worked for him."

It doesn't get much better than Tampa Bay's trio of Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Cory Conacher, but it was Kadri - along with linemates Joffrey Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin - looking impressive as Kulemin and Lupul each scored a goal.

It was only Lupul's second game back after he missed 25 with a fractured forearm, but Kadri believes the three are finding a rhythm together. Kulemin has 15 points in 30 games.

"We knew we had to come out with our foot on the gas pedal," Kadri said. "We're pretty much on the same page offensively. We know where each other are going to be before we're there."

The Sabres (11-15-4) have had difficulty all season establishing a rhythm and fired Lindy Ruff on Feb. 20 after the team started 4-10-1. Buffalo has been better under interim coach Ron Rolston, going 7-5-3, but still not quite good enough with 18 games left and the Sabres currently on the outside of the playoff picture, trying to avoid missing out for the second straight year.

Making the postseason could be even more difficult if leading scorer Thomas Vanek misses time. Vanek did not practice Wednesday and is day-to-day with a hip injury he suffered in a 3-2 overtime win at Montreal on Tuesday.

Rolston said Vanek's playing status will depend on how much pain he can tolerate, though he was seen walking with a limp outside the team's locker room on Wednesday.

"It's certainly a possibility, but we'll have to see how he is in the morning," Rolston said of Vanek's chances of playing Thursday. "How he's moving, more than anything."

Meanwhile, Buffalo still ranks last in power-play percentage (12.0) and has surrendered five two-goal leads in the third period this season - including a 2-0 edge on Tuesday before recovering for the victory.

"It's getting there in how we play," Rolston said. "We're getting closer. But it's still the consistency of things."

Toronto has won two of three meetings this season, but the Sabres have won three straight and 10 of 11 at home in this series.

Phil Kessel has 11 points over his last seven games and seven in his last five contests against Buffalo.

Last Updated: 6/22/2018 7:29:22 PM EST

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