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Toronto can set team marks for overall wins, home victories; Buffalo tries to end four-game slide

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SABRES (23-40-12) at MAPLE LEAFS (45-23-7)

7 p.m. ET; TSN4, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs could set team single-season records for overall victories and home victories when they play the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The Maple Leafs, who have won a franchise-record 13-straight home games, matched team marks with their 45th win and 26th home win when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Saturday. Toronto has won 45 games three times previously (1998-99, 1999-00 and 2003-04) and 26 games at home once before (2005-06).

A win would move Toronto within five points of the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres have been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention. They have lost four games in a row and are 1-5-1 in their past seven. They've been outscored 16-2 during the losing streak despite outshooting their opponents 144-108.

 

Players to watch

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has three goals and eight assists during an eight-game point streak.

 

They said it

"The Buffalo Sabres will be all we can handle tonight. ... There's no team they'd rather beat than us." - Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

"Seeing him there, he was one of the best players in the tournament. High skill level, somebody that we can definitely use." - Sabres forward Jack Eichel on watching prospect Casey Mittelstadt play for the United States at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. The Sabres signed the 19-year-old center to a three-year contract Monday.

 

Sabres projected lineup

Scott Wilson -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Jordan Nolan -- Johan Larsson -- Sam Reinhart

Benoit Pouliot -- Evan Rodrigues -- Nicholas Baptiste

Marco Scandella -- Casey Nelson

Rasmus Ristolainen -- Brendan Guhle

Viktor Antipin -- Josh Gorges

Linus Ullmark

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Justin Bailey, Justin Falk

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Jake McCabe (shoulder), Jacob Josefson (lower body), Chad Johnson (head)

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Mitchell Marner

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson -- Tomas Plekanec - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott -- Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Josh Leivo, Matt Martin, Dominic Moore, Connor Carrick

Injured: Leo Komarov (left leg)

 

Status report

Komarov will miss his fifth straight game and remains day to day.

 

Stat pack

The Sabres have scored one goal or fewer in each of their past four games and have allowed at least three in each of their past six. … The Maple Leafs have scored at least three goals in each of their past eight games, Van Riemsdyk has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in his past six games. Matthews has two points (one goal, one assists) in two games since returning from a 10-game absence with a shoulder injury. Rielly has 11 points, all assists, in his past eight games. Toronto is 23-11 in one-goal games; the Sabres are 10-22.

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