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No lineup changes in road opener

By Mike Harrington

TORONTO -- The Sabres will go with the same lineup tonight in the Air Canada Centre against the Maple Leafs as they did for Sunday's opener against Philadelphia. Ryan Miller will be in goal against Ben Scrivens, who got the win for the Leafs Saturday in Montreal. Ville Leino is still out of the Buffalo lineup with a leg injury. 

"We'll just take it day by day," coach Lindy Ruff said of Leino. "He tried it again today and it didn't feel well enough to play."

The Sabres lost all three meetings here last year, going 0-3 in this city for the first time since 1973-74. Because this is their home opener, the Leafs were swarmed by the media in their dressing room after their morning skate.

"We had some tough battles late last year with them," Ruff said. "They're a much-improved team, played well against Montreal, didn't give up a lot on the defensive side of it and we're going to have to play well defensively. Our play away from the puck is going to have to be as strong as it was [Sunday]."

Miller is 27-14-0 against the Leafs in his career with a 2.44 GAA and .922 save percentage. His 27 wins and four shutouts against Toronto are his most against any opponent. Scrivens is a bit of a surprise over James Reimer but played well Saturday; he's 1-0-1 against Buffalo but with poor numbers (4.37/.883).

The Leafs are scratching veterans Mike Komisarek and Cody Franson on defense and going with Mark Fraser and Korbinia Holzer. Tonight's game will faceoff at around 7:25 with some elaborate pregame ceremonies planned.

 

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John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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