Game Preview: 9/22/13 at Toronto


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This is Buffalo’s fifth of seven preseason games after opening camp on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at First Niagara Center; it is their third of four road games during the 2013 preseason. The Sabres are 2-0-0 on the road so far, with a 5-4 shootout win at Montreal on Sept. 15 and a 3-1 victory at Columbus on Sept. 17.

Buffalo and Toronto have played 66 preseason games all-time. The Sabres are 32-27-7 in preseason contests against the Maple Leafs; 13-9-5 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.

Marcus Foligno (3+0), Zemgus Girgensons (2+1), Brayden McNabb (1+2) and Mark Pysyk (1+2) tie to lead the Sabres with three points each in the preseason.

In last night’s contest, goaltender Jhonas Enroth played the entire game between the pipes and has now logged a total of 94:34 in a pair of appearances so far this preseason, stopping 42 of 47 shots (0-0-1, .894 SV%, 3.17 GAA). The game ended with a 15-round shootout, topping the longest shootout in Sabres history and tying the longest NHL regular-season shootout.

The Sabres are 141-147-50 all-time in the preseason. Buffalo is 28-11-4 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 on Wednesday (7 p.m.), as the Blue Jackets visit First Niagara Center for a rematch after dropping Tuesday’s matchup in Columbus.

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