Maple Leafs visit the Sabres after Matthews' 2-goal game

Wed, Dec 20, 2023
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Maple Leafs visit the Sabres after Matthews' 2-goal game

Toronto Maple Leafs (16-7-6, second in the Atlantic Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (13-17-3, seventh in the Atlantic Division)

Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Buffalo Sabres after Auston Matthews' two-goal game against the New York Rangers in the Maple Leafs' 5-2 loss.

Buffalo has a 4-3-1 record in Atlantic Division play and a 13-17-3 record overall. The Sabres are 4-5-2 in games decided by one goal.

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Toronto has a 6-3-2 record in Atlantic Division games and a 16-7-6 record overall. The Maple Leafs have a 15-2-4 record when scoring at least three goals.

The teams meet Thursday for the second time this season. The Sabres won 6-4 in the last matchup.

TOP PERFORMERS: John-Jason Peterka has 12 goals and 10 assists for the Sabres. Casey Mittelstadt has scored four goals with four assists over the last 10 games.

William Nylander has scored 15 goals with 26 assists for the Maple Leafs. Matthews has 11 goals and five assists over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 3-6-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 3.7 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game.

Maple Leafs: 6-1-3, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.8 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.

INJURIES: Sabres: Zemgus Girgensons: out (lower body), Jeff Skinner: day to day (upper-body), Jordan Greenway: out (upper-body).

Maple Leafs: John Klingberg: out for season (hip), Mark Giordano: out (finger), Matt Murray: out (hip), Joseph Woll: out (ankle), Jake Muzzin: out for season (back).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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