GAME NIGHT: SABRES, LEAFS MEET AGAIN TONIGHT AT FIRST NIAGARA CENTERNews | 9/24/2011 11:24:37 AM | Kevin Snow
The undefeated Buffalo Sabres (3-0) will try to make it four wins a row tonight as they conclude a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2-2) at First Niagara Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
Buffalo edged Toronto 2-1 last night at the Air Canada Centre, with Ryan Miller stopping 33 of 34 Maple Leafs shots to earn his first victory of the preseason. Jason Pominville and Corey Tropp scored for the Sabres, who are looking to win four straight to start the preseason for the first time since 2000 when they won seven in a row before finishing 7-0-1.
Lindy Ruff has already said that goaltender Jhonas Enroth will start and play all 60 minutes for Buffalo tonight. Enroth is 2-0 this preseason with a 1.03 goals-against-average and .958 save %. The Sabres have only allowed one goal in each of their three games so far, and all three have been tied 1-1 after two periods. Buffalo's league-best GAA of 1.00 is tied with San Jose, who have only allowed two goals in two games.
Christian Ehrhoff picked up an assist on Jason Pominville's game winner last night, and is now tied for the team scoring lead with three points (1+2). Patrick Kaleta (1+2) and Nathan Gerbe (1+2) also have three points. Kaleta also tops the Sabres with 12 PIM's. Jason Pominville has scored in each of Buffalo's last two games, giving him a team-high two goals. Pominville is also among the league leaders with nine shots on goal in two games.
The Sabres will play their third straight game Sunday afternoon in Columbus at 5 p.m. Following that game, Buffalo doesn't play again until they travel to Washington on Friday to face the Capitals in a 7 p.m. start. Buffalo leaves for a Germany one week from today, as they will be participating in the NHL's Premiere Series to open the regular season. Before playing their season opener in Helsinki on October 7 against Anaheim, the Sabres will play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim on Tuesday, October 4 in Mannheim, Germany.