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LGD: Game 1 Post-Par

How we holding up? It’s still allegedly a Game Day!

Nic Petan’s Toronto Maple Leafs host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Scotiabank Arena for the first time this season. The two clubs met once before in Buffalo, with Auston Matthews leading the Leafs to a thrilling overtime victory.

After a strong effort in a comeback win on Saturday, the Leafs will be looking to gain ground in the Atlantic Division’s top three, while the Sabres are clinging to their last bit of hope at making a push for the playoffs. They’re currently six points out with a game in hand.

Leafs Lines (Not Really)

Expect Trevor Moore to slot in for the now-traded Par Lindholm. Moore was recalled this afternoon, and appears poised to stick with the team down the stretch.

No Nazem Kadri (concussion).

Sabres Lines (Probably)

LW C RW Forwards
Jeff Skinner
JEFF SKINNER

Rating: 80.9#8 LW

Jack Eichel
JACK EICHEL

Rating: 80.6#16 C

Jason Pominville
JASON POMINVILLE

Rating: 73.1#56 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.18#16 FL1
Conor Sheary
CONOR SHEARY

Rating: 71.8#91 LW

Evan Rodrigues
EVAN RODRIGUES

Rating: 72.0#110 C

Sam Reinhart
SAM REINHART

Rating: 76.3#30 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.36#24 FL2
Tage Thompson
TAGE THOMPSON

Rating: 69.9#128 LW

Vladimir Sobotka
VLADIMIR SOBOTKA

Rating: 68.2#176 C

Kyle Okposo
KYLE OKPOSO

Rating: 71.4#88 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 69.82#31 FL3
Scott Wilson
SCOTT WILSON

Rating: 70.7#111 LW

Johan Larsson
JOHAN LARSSON

Rating: 68.9#139 C

Zemgus Girgensons
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS

Rating: 70.1#161 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.90#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jake McCabe
JAKE MCCABE

Rating: 71.6#85 LD

Rasmus Ristolainen
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN

Rating: 75.5#27 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.52#25 DL1
Rasmus Dahlin
RASMUS DAHLIN

Rating: 74.0#39 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#82 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.74#19 DL2
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.2#94 LD

Matt Hunwick
MATT HUNWICK

Rating: 71.2#85 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.17#22 DL3

No Brandon Montour for the Sabres yet, though he’ll physically join the team in Toronto tonight after being acquired from the Ducks.

Kyle Okposo returns to the lineup after being sidelined with a concussion.

Casey Middlestadt remains out.

Starting Goalies

Expect Hutton (.912) and Andersen (.922) to be your starters. Freddie was subpar early on against Montreal, but rebounded with a strong back half. Hutton has had a couple of strong outings on a row for the Sabres, so this could be a tight one.

Puck drop is at 7pm ET on TSN4.