Your guide to Sabres/Leafs tonight
It’s a rivalry right?
Well, they aren’t Ottawa or Philadelphia. Or any team that has beat the Sabres in a big game, well, ever. But Sabres fans don’t like Toronto.
Blame it on their fans. The obnoxious group that crosses the border and pays outrageous ticket prices (to Buffalonians, anyways) to see their team. Of course, they’re intolerable. Imagine how bad it would be if the Leafs were actually good! (see: Canadians at World Juniors)
But luckily, Toronto’s never been much of a challenge for Buffalo.
It’s a big game for the Sabres, coming off last night’s 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. I don’t think there’s a better opponent to ask for when the team needs a win to turn things around. Counting the two games this season, the Sabres have won 12 of 13 overall against Toronto since the last time the Leafs won in Buffalo, December 12, 2008.
As expected, Ryan Miller gets the start for the 28th straight game tonight. James Reimer gets the start for the Leafs and likely the loss.
The 11th place Sabres will need those two points. 8th place Atlanta visits 9th place Carolina, meaning a) someone will get two points tonight and b) Buffalo can gain ground on one of the two with a win. 10th place Florida has this Saturday night off.
Sabres are listed at -1.5 (+200) on Sportsbook. I’m liking those odds.