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This is Buffalo’s fourth of seven preseason games after opening camp on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at First Niagara Center; it is their second of three home games during the 2013 preseason.
The Sabres have won its last six home preseason games, with their last loss coming on Sept. 17, 2009, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. In those six wins, the Sabres outscored their opponents, 26-11.
Buffalo and Toronto have played 65 preseason games all-time. The Sabres are 32-27-6 in preseason contests against the Maple Leafs; 13-9-4 at home, 14-18-2 in Toronto. Five of the 65 preseason games between the Sabres and Maple Leafs have been played at neutral site venues, with the Sabres winning all five.
These two teams have met at least once in every season since their first meeting in 1974, when the Maple Leafs beat the Sabres 5-4 in Buffalo. The Sabres and Maple Leafs will face off four times in 2013-14, the first of which will feature a home-and-home series on November 15 and 16.
Zemgus Girgensons (2+1) and Brayden McNabb (1+2) lead the Sabres with three points apiece in two preseason games played. All three of McNabb’s points came against Carolina on Thursday. Johan Larsson also scored two goals in the contest, led all Sabres skaters with seven shots and won 12 of 17 faceoffs. Goaltender Ryan Miller went the distance between the pipes and has now logged a total of 91:15 in a pair of appearances so far this preseason, stopping 49 of 52 shots (1-0-0, .942 SV%, 1.98 GAA).
The Sabres are 141-147-49 all-time in the preseason. Buffalo is 28-11-3 in preseason action since the 2005-06 season; These totals only include NHL games; the Sabres also defeated Adler Mannheim, 8-3, as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere Series in Germany.
Buffalo’s next game will take place tomorrow (7 p.m.), as the Sabres travel to Toronto for their second straight contest against the Maple Leafs.