NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Tuesday night’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
Tonight’s matchup features two of the top teams in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are riding a four-game winning streak and are 11-3-0 in their past 14 games, while the Sabres have dropped three straight, including a 2-1 loss last night to Nashville.
After missing 14 games with a shoulder injury, Auston Matthews has three goals and an assist in two games since his return. Matthews has 13 goals in 13 games this season, the best goals per game mark of any player in the league. Toronto native Jeff Skinner has been electric for Buffalo this season, leading the Sabres with 20 goals (t-2nd in NHL). He had just 24 goals all last season with Carolina and played in all 82 games.
This will be the first of four meetings between these clubs this season. They will also meet in Toronto on Feb. 25 and March 3, before ending their regular season series on March 20 in Buffalo. The Leafs and Sabres have alternated wins and losses over the past six meetings.
[WATCH LIVE – COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. ET – NBCSN]
What: Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres
Where: KeyBank Center
When: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: You can watch the Maple Leafs-Sabres stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Zach Hyman – John Tavares – Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen
Par Lindholm – Nazem Kadri – Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis – Frederik Gauthier – Andreas Johnsson
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov
Starting goalie: Frederik Andersen
Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel – Sam Reinhart
Tage Thompson – Casey Mittelstadt – Kyle Okposo
Remi Elie – Evan Rodrigues – Vladimir Sobotka
Patrik Berglund – Johan Larsson – Zemgus Girgensons
Rasmus Dahlin – Zach Bogosian
Lawrence Pilut – Rasmus Ristolainen
Nathan Beaulieu – Casey Nelson
Starting goalie: Linus Ullmark
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
NBCSN’s coverage of the the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Clinton, N.Y. between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres begins at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online by clicking here.
Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel – Sam Reinhart
Alex Nylander – Patrik Berglund – Andrew Oglevie
C.J. Smith – Casey Mittelstadt – Kyle Okposo
Justin Bailey – Evan Rodrigues – Danny O’Regan
Jake McCabe – Zach Bogosian
Rasmus Dahlin – Casey Nelson
Brendan Guhle – William Borgen
Goalies: Scott Wedgewood, Jonas Johansson
[WATCH LIVE – 7 P.M. – NBCSN]
Anthony Duclair – Alexander Wennberg – Kevin Stenlund
Artemi Panarin – Liam Foudy – Jonathan Davidsson
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Josh Anderson
Lukas Sedlak – Sam Vigneault – Eric Robinson
Michael Prapavessis – Seth Jones
Gabriel Carlsson – Adam Clendening
Dean Kukan – David Savard
Goalies: Joonas Korpisalo, J.F. Berube
MORE: Your 2018-19 NHL on NBC TV schedule
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First, the Sabres lost Jack Eichel to an ankle injury.
Then, Evander Kane to cracked ribs.
Now, it’s Zach Bogosian that’s joined the walking wounded.
On Thursday, Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma revealed Bogosian suffered an MCL sprain, an ailment that would keep him out of the lineup for “weeks,” per the Times Herald.
The loss is going to sting, no doubt.
In his second full season (third overall) with the Sabres, Bogosian was looking to build upon a solid ’15-16 campaign, one in which he scored seven goals and 24 points in 64 games, while averaging over 22 minutes a night.
The former third overall pick had struggled a bit this season — pointless through nine games — and his TOI had dropped to just below 19 minutes. But he was still a vital contributor on the Sabres’ back end.
Moving forward, the Sabres will work with a d-man group comprised of Rasmus Ristolainen, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov, Jake McCabe and Casey Nelson. There haven’t been any recalls from the American League — yet.