Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-2) at Buffalo Sabres (5-20-1)
|Date & Time||Friday November 29, 2013, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +134 / Toronto Maple Leafs -147 --- Over/Under: 5
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It seems almost unfathomable that a team could have a 5-20-1 record in the National Hockey League in this day in age with the amount of parity in the game today. That's exactly where the Buffalo Sabres find themselves and if they don't start getting things together soon they might find themselves on their way to setting some modern day records. Buffalo is in the midst of a five game losing streak that has seen them score a combined total of six goals. Buffalo is last in the league with an astounding 1.62 goal per game average on the season. The Sabres have scored a league low 42 goals on the season, 10 fewer than the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes who are tied for second to last. It's a miserable state of affairs in Buffalo right now but at least the Sabres get to take on an opponent that we know they'll be up for. Buffalo hates the Toronto Maple Leafs more than any team in the league and the Sabres managed to squeen out one of those five wins on the second night of a home-and-home earlier this month. Toronto comes into this game off a debacle in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. It was an entertaining game that the Maple Leafs and Penguins played but if you're a Toronto fan it's one that had to make you sick to your stomach. The Maple Leafs blew a 4-1 lead in the second period, were outshot 17-0 in the third, and fell in a shootout by a final of 6-5. Everything that could go wrong did for the Maple Leafs after they took a three goal lead. It looked like the Maple Leafs just played on their heels when the Penguins started coming and the snowball just kept rolling downhill. James van Riemsdyk scored two goals, Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri, and Tyler Bozak each added a goal, but Jonathan Bernier couldn't hold the Penguins down on the power play or in the shootout. Three of the five goals Bernier allowed came with the Penguins on a power play and he couldn't stop Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin in the shootout. Toronto was blown out by Columbus on Monday night and then choked this one away on Wednesday but they still should be focused and ready to take out their anger on a terrible Buffalo club.