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#1 26CornerBlitz

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:56 AM

BUF (5-15-1) at TOR (11-7-1) – NOV 16 – 7:00PM ET – MSG-B, CBCWGR-AM

Sabres can sweep home-and-home vs. Maple Leafs

Sabres top Maple Leafs in Nolan's debut

Sabres beat Leafs in Ted Nolan’s debut, look like new team

Digital Press Box Game Preview: 11/16/13 at Toronto

Leafs Acquire Holland, Staubitz From Anaheim


SABRES GO FOR THREE IN A ROW

Holland will play for Maple Leafs after trade


Randy Carlyle Pre-Game Presser (11/16/13)

#TMLTalk Game Day Preview - 11/16/13 (11/16/13)

Ted Nolan Pre-Game Interview (11/16/13)

May and Dunleavy Game Preview


Sabres-Leafs Game Notes PDF (11/16/13)

BUFFALO SABRES

Projected Lineup


Matt MoulsonCody HodgsonDrew Stafford
Steve OttZemgus GirgensonsTyler Ennis
Marcus FolignoVille LeinoBrian Flynn
John ScottCody McCormickCorey Tropp
Tyler MyersHenrik Tallinder
Christian EhrhoffMark Pysyk
Rasmus RistolainenJamie McBain
Ryan Miller
Jhonas Enroth
Scratched: Mikhail Grigorenko, Johan Larsson, Nikita Zadorov
Injured: Mike Weber (broken thumb)


Lineup News & Notes

Buffalo scratched Mikhail Grigorenko, Johan Larsson and Nikita Zadorov in Friday's 3-1 win versus Toronto. Mike
Weber (thumb) returned to practice on Monday and remains day-to-day as he awaits medical clearance.


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Projected Lineup


James van RiemsdykPeter HollandPhil Kessel
Mason RaymondTrevor SmithDavid Clarkson
Joffrey LupulJay McClementNikolai Kulemin
Frazer McLarenJerred SmithsonColton Orr
Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf
Jake GardinerCody Franson
Mark FraserPaul Ranger
James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier
Scratched: Morgan Rielly, Carter Ashton, Nazem Kadri (suspended)
Injured: Dave Bolland (cut tendon), Tyler Bozak (hamstring)


Lineup News & Notes

Toronto scratched Troy Bodie, Nazem Kadri (suspended) and Morgan Rielly in Friday's 3-1 loss at Buffalo. Dave
Bolland (ankle) and Tyler Bozak (hamstring) remain inactive, while Kadri serves game two of his suspension.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:28 AM

"compete"  = what a difference !

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:59 AM

I would love to be able to say THREE IN A ROW!
GO BUFFALO!

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:35 AM

If we win one today that's three in a row. That's what they call a winning streak. It has happened before.

This is a tougher game because we obviously will have a little dip in the emotions.  The leafs still have three injured centers so let us hope we can exploit that weakness and continue working hard.  Let's go Buffalo.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:58 AM

Will it be Enroth?  I'm interested to see what Nolan decides.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:04 AM

It is a wonderful feeling to be excited again for game night...I have had some pretty lackluster emotions as of late regarding the Sabres.  I have been giddy since everything has happened with the team this week and last night's game was invigorating!  I am just looking forward to continued, sincere effort with each player hustling on every play.  As stated in previous threads, these changes have provided Buffalo with a fresh, breath of hope...and I am breathing in as deep as I can!

I agree with LGR...I think we will have a dip in emotions, so I predict a slower game by our boys.  Hopefully, smart and sound hockey will compensate for that.  I am thinking it will be another low scoring game, but Jhonas will come up just as big as Miller tonight.  

Let's go Buff-a-lo.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:07 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 16 November 2013 - 08:58 AM, said:

Will it be Enroth?  I'm interested to see what Nolan decides.


miller is hot.....ride em. I wouldn't play enroth until the nov 30th road game at NJ.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:16 AM

This GDT should be merged with the 11.15 GTD to keep the momentum going. A new era is a time to try new things.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:49 AM

View Postdeluca67, on 16 November 2013 - 09:16 AM, said:

This GDT should be merged with the 11.15 GTD to keep the momentum going. A new era is a time to try new things.

Kinky.

View Postnfreeman, on 16 November 2013 - 08:58 AM, said:

Will it be Enroth?  I'm interested to see what Nolan decides.

If he wants to instill confidence across the board he plays Enroth.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 16 November 2013 - 08:58 AM, said:

Will it be Enroth?  I'm interested to see what Nolan decides.

Very interesting. If Ted assumes Miller is gone soon, then he'll probably want to establish the same kind of rapport with Enroth that Rolston did.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:27 AM

The way Miller played last night, Miller plays tonight.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:31 AM

Everything seems new.  The team is 1-0-0 and only upper management is 5-15-1 for allowing that abortion of a staff an entire quarter season.  I don't even harbor ill will toward Stafford.  :D

That said, it's still a team without much scoring and without distributing centers, so the early trend of 1 and 2 goal games may continue.  But there was more compete in yesterday's game than the first 20 combined.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:34 AM

That's 2 in a row...


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:40 AM

Waking up after a win is sooooooo much better. Although the head hurts just as much lol.

And then able to watch again. Let me rephrase that. And then WANTING to watch again tonight.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:48 AM

Nothing more satisfying than being able to torment leaves fans after a win.... I'd like to keep that trend going!!!!

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:53 AM

@mirtle
Leafs give up Blacker and two 2014 picks for Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz. Looking for some forward depth here - Holland can play centre.

@coreypronman
Peter Holland was my #9 ANA prospect in the summer. Write up here: http://www.puckprosp...rticleid=1583 …

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I would imagine Holland, a highly-skilled centre, will get a good chance to show what he has for injury-riddled TOR.

@BuffNewsVogl
Toronto acquires former first-round pick Peter Holland, and the center will play tonight against the Sabres. http://www.hockeydb....hp?pid=106825 …

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:54 AM

Anaheim Ducks@AnaheimDucks
The #NHLDucks have acquired defenseman Jesse Blacker and two 2014 draft picks from Toronto in exchange for Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz.

Not sure if this would impact the game tonight but it has happened. Sounds like Holland will join the Leafs lineup tonight.

Edited by LGR4GM, 16 November 2013 - 10:57 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:54 AM

I want the ACC to be the angriest it's ever been tonight. I want some Rob Ray Tie Domi level action. Beat their faces in.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:10 AM

Ville Leino....Tick....Tick....Tick

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:18 AM

Take another look at Nolan's lines.
Could you get any more of a traditional four-line set-up with this group of players?
Hockey isn't that complicated. Teddy gets that.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:33 AM

View Postdudacek, on 16 November 2013 - 11:18 AM, said:

Take another look at Nolan's lines.
Could you get any more of a traditional four-line set-up with this group of players?
Hockey isn't that complicated. Teddy gets that.

Ted Nolan hockey.

It will work even with this motley crew.

Although, I want Grigorenko in there somewhere, sometime soon.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:42 AM

View PostSabres Fan In NS, on 16 November 2013 - 11:33 AM, said:

Ted Nolan hockey.

It will work even with this motley crew.

Although, I want Grigorenko in there somewhere, sometime soon.

I know some are optimistic that Nolan is the type of coach Grigs needs. I remain unconvinced. What we've seen from Grigs is basically the antithesis of a Nolan player.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 16 November 2013 - 11:42 AM, said:

I know some are optimistic that Nolan is the type of coach Grigs needs. I remain unconvinced. What we've seen from Grigs is basically the antithesis of a Nolan player.

Oh yeah!  Well, who asked you anyway, Mr. Smarty Pants ..........


:P ... ;)

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:46 AM

Looks like the same lineup based on this:
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Optional skate for the #Sabres. Larsson, Grigorenko, Zadorov, Weber and Enroth on the ice with assistant coaches.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:48 AM

I am so disappointed , how I wished I could come post again and talk a Leaf win . I am reading now the bravado of those Sabres coming into the center of the universe and beating Gods team now, outrage I say, outrage....

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:54 AM

View Postmillbank, on 16 November 2013 - 11:48 AM, said:

I am so disappointed , how I wished I could come post again and talk a Leaf win . I am reading now the bravado of those Sabres coming into the center of the universe and beating Gods team now, outrage I say, outrage....
:lol:

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:54 AM

View Postmillbank, on 16 November 2013 - 11:48 AM, said:

I am so disappointed , how I wished I could come post again and talk a Leaf win . I am reading now the bravado of those Sabres coming into the center of the universe and beating Gods team now, outrage I say, outrage....

You're going down hard tonight, my friend.  The Nolan express is just getting started.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:04 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 16 November 2013 - 11:54 AM, said:

You're going down hard tonight, my friend.  The Nolan express is just getting started.

sure , sure, cause me angst and pain...  being serious, I think it great the past weeks moves, great to see a likeable person in Lafontaine as face of franchise and Ted Nolan get another shot.  Sabres in my opinion have been over the past few years as exciting as watching paint dry, and as team rebuilds , finds direction, with Nolan coaching they will be team who night to night will bring effort.  With these two on board, while I prefer Leafs, Nolan and Lafontaine two guys I can easily root for, and wish all nothing but success. Could not say this previously as I found past leadership aloof a and condescending at best.  More fun having strong teams in both cities, hopefully so it begins :)

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:13 PM

View Postmillbank, on 16 November 2013 - 11:48 AM, said:

I am so disappointed , how I wished I could come post again and talk a Leaf win . I am reading now the bravado of those Sabres coming into the center of the universe and beating Gods team now, outrage I say, outrage....

Nice to see you trolling again. It's also great too see a rivalry being renewed vs. being irrelevant.   This is how hockey is supposed to be.  Blow leafs blow. ;)


Okay for tonight, 'Thank you sir may I have another'.  Yes youngsters should be able to play with enthusiasm and hard, mistakes be damned they will happen.

Let's go Buff-a-lo!

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:17 PM

I just spent the better part of the past 2 hours taking the riding mower to the leafs in the backyard.  Chopping them up, destroying them into small pieces so they can be left to rot.

I kind of hope the same for tonight.. although with less actual chopping up... I'll take a little bruising though!

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:27 PM

View PostLTS, on 16 November 2013 - 12:17 PM, said:

I just spent the better part of the past 2 hours taking the riding mower to the leafs in the backyard.  Chopping them up, destroying them into small pieces so they can be left to rot.

I kind of hope the same for tonight.. although with less actual chopping up... I'll take a little bruising though!

When is your in person hearing with Shanny?

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:28 PM

View Postmillbank, on 16 November 2013 - 12:04 PM, said:

sure , sure, cause me angst and pain...  being serious, I think it great the past weeks moves, great to see a likeable person in Lafontaine as face of franchise and Ted Nolan get another shot.  Sabres in my opinion have been over the past few years as exciting as watching paint dry, and as team rebuilds , finds direction, with Nolan coaching they will be team who night to night will bring effort.  With these two on board, while I prefer Leafs, Nolan and Lafontaine two guys I can easily root for, and wish all nothing but success. Could not say this previously as I found past leadership aloof a and condescending at best.  More fun having strong teams in both cities, hopefully so it begins :)
I couldn't agree more and great post, but I wish you wouldn't insult watching paint dry like that. It is infinitely more exciting than the Sabres have been lately.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:30 PM

had no idea I perceived as troll, have been avid member and supporter of Bills since day one.  So it.

View PostR_dudly, on 16 November 2013 - 12:13 PM, said:

Nice to see you trolling again. It's also great too see a rivalry being renewed vs. being irrelevant.   This is how hockey is supposed to be.  Blow leafs blow. ;)


Okay for tonight, 'Thank you sir may I have another'.  Yes youngsters should be able to play with enthusiasm and hard, mistakes be damned they will happen.

Let's go Buff-a-lo!


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:32 PM

View Postmillbank, on 16 November 2013 - 12:30 PM, said:

had no idea I perceived as troll, have been avid member and supporter of Bills since day one.  So it.

He's kidding around w/ you.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:32 PM

FWIW, part of the deal with sending our kids to catholic school is that we have to work bingo once in a while. Everyone here, and I mean everyone, workers and patrons, are talking about last night's game, and to a man (or woman), everyone is saying they are glad to see Nolan and LaFontaine back. It's kind of impressive.

Edited by sizzlemeister, 16 November 2013 - 12:39 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:46 PM

View Postsizzlemeister, on 16 November 2013 - 12:32 PM, said:

FWIW, part of the deal with sending our kids to catholic school is that we have to work bingo once in a while. Everyone here, and I mean everyone, workers and patrons, are talking about last night's game, and to a man (or woman), everyone is saying they are glad to see Nolan and LaFontaine back. It's kind of heat impressive.

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It truly was a liberation of a people. That's what I hope Pegula and Black will come to learn if they haven't already. Some people fought the establishment tooth and nail. Some fought them but were smart enough to know it was hard to topple and probably not worth the effort given other priorities. Many just accepted and tried to live life to the fullest.

The past 16 years we were occupied by Larry Quinn, Darcy Regier, Gary Bettman, Tom Golisano, The Rigas Family.....and Pegula and Black didn't live that torment so could not understand. It is so fitting that the first 2 executions of the dictators have been resurrected and Mrs. Knox was here to see it.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:48 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 16 November 2013 - 08:58 AM, said:

Will it be Enroth?  I'm interested to see what Nolan decides.

It should be. If I were coaching I'd just about always split the back to backs.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:49 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 16 November 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:



It should be. If I were coaching I'd just about always split the back to backs.

Enroth was on the ice for the optional skate today so I assume it will be Miller. He's probably fired up.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 01:56 PM

SABRES GO FOR THREE IN A ROW

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:25 PM

Gat dam I can't wait for this game to start.  Watched the highlights from last night and the tribute video they did for Nolan and LaFontaine, and I'm so pumped.  I hadn't realized how much I missed caring about this team.





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