The Sabres and Maple Leafs are at it tonight at KeyBank Center. It's the first of five meetings between the division rivals this season. The Sabres are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs; 9-0-1 on home ice. The TOPS Gamenight pregame show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with faceoff set for just after 7.
But first…we present to you the first episode of the new season of Beyond Blue & Gold presented by New Era, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at what Kim Pegula was up to during the NHL Draft this summer.
Video: BBG: Kim Pegula at the NHL Draft
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Buffalo is riding a riding a three-game win streak heading into tonight's matchup. Home is where the heart has been during recent Sabres-Maple Leafs history and they'll look to keep rolling.
- The home team has won 22 of the last 25 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
- The Sabres are 17-1-1 in their last 19 home games against the Maple Leafs, including wins in their last seven. A win tonight would give the Sabres their first ever eight-game winning streak at home against Toronto.
- The Maple Leafs haven't won at what is now KeyBank Center since a 4-3 overtime win on Jan. 29, 2013. That's 1,373 days ago.
- Only six players who played in that game are active on their respective rosters today: Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk. Cody Franson suited up for Toronto in that game. Jake Gardiner was on Toronto's roster but did not dress.
- Toronto's last regulation win in Buffalo was a 2-1 win on Feb. 16, 2011. The Sabres are 10-0-1 at home against the Maple Leafs since then, the team's longest home point streak against Toronto in franchise history.
- Toronto hasn't won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008.
(Stats courtesy of our intrepid PR staff. You should follow them on Twitter for more great notes like this)
Zach Bogosian left during the first period of Tuesday's game in Minnesota with a knee injury and did not return. If he can't go, expect right-hand shot Casey Nelson to play in his first NHL game since the season opener.
Hudson Fasching missed Tuesday's game as well with a groin injury. Coach Dan Bylsma ruled him day-to-day Tuesday morning, so we'll know more about his status too when the team takes the ice for their morning skate at around 10 a.m.
On tap today
We'll have full coverage of the morning skate as we begin to carry you through your gameday. Jourdon LaBarber will be fresh after a day off yesterday with your written report. Dan Dunleavy will have your video preview.
There will also be a special guest on the broadcast tonight. Martin Biron will join RJ and Rayzor to give some goalie-centric analysis during the game. And we'll have the full crew. Dunleavy will be back, and Brian Duff and Brad May will be your guides for the pregame show, intermissions and postgame report.
And after the game? Of course, we'll have highlights, locker room interviews and recaps.