Lindy Ruff and co. are hopeful that Thomas Vanek will be able to go tonight for the Sabres after missing Sunday's contest with what was described as a "muscle injury." Vanek has been dominant so far thus season playing on the top line with Cody Hodgson and captain Jason Pominville, and his absence was sorely missed in their loss to the Washington Capitals.
Meanwhile, the injury bug has already struck in Toronto. Joffrey Lupul, who scored 25 goals and 67 points for the Leafs last season, will miss at least 6 weeks with a broken forearm. Former Sabre Clarke MacArthur is also unlikely to play after slicing a finger against the Rangers.
As of Monday night, no decision has been made on Mikhail Grigorenko, who has used up all five games of his "tryout." Playing another game with the Sabres would mean burning the first year of his entry-level contract with the Sabres. However, although Grigorenko is pointless in his first five games, he has received high praise from Lindy Ruff and hasn't looked out of place in the NHL.
Toronto, on the other hand, is getting a little more production from their rookies in this young season. Forward Nazem Kadri is finally playing like the player the Leafs hoped they were getting when they drafted him 7th overall in 2009. He has 3 goals and 5 points in 5 games, including having scored the team's only goal in the previous meeting with Buffalo.
Puck drops at 7PM EST. First game of the year for me.
Let's go BUFFALO!!
Edited by Spndnchz, 31 January 2013 - 08:46 AM.