Preseason Preview, Game 1 – Maple Leafs at Sabres
Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres open the 2010/2011 preseason with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to the game will be a red carpet-style event that I will be enjoying with friends and Irish stouts from inside Morrissey’s. Onto the preview!
FORWARDS: 26 Thomas Vanek – 9 Derek Roy – 21 Drew Stafford, 72 Luke Adam – 19 Tim Connolly – 29 Jason Pominville, 63 Tyler Ennis – 20 Rob Niedermayer – 54 Zack Kassian, 42 Nathan Gerbe – 28 Paul Gaustad – 8 Cody McCormick
DEFENSE: 27 Shaone Morrisonn – 57 Tyler Myers, 34 Chris Butler – 73 Drew Schiestel, 44 Andrej Sekera – 81 Brayden McNabb
GOALIES: 30 Ryan Miller and 1 Jhonas Enroth will split time in goal.
(Sabres roster brought to you by the regular season-style pregame article at Sabres.com)
Leaf lineup tonight:armstrong,kadri,caputi,macarthur,grabovski,kulemin, mueller, crecenzi, foster,rosehill,handon, mitchell
Leaf D tonight: schenn-richmond-mikus-holzer-aulie-blacker. Monster plays entire game…rynnas backsup.
(Leafs roster brought to you by Paul Hendricks of Leafs TV’s Twitter account)
Keep An Eye On…
1. The Morrisonn-Myers pairing. That could be our #1 pair this season.
2. Kassian and Adam. Kassian has an outside chance to make the team based on his skillset, but is faaaaaaar from a lock. Meanwhile, Adam is either #1 or #2 on the depth chart for injury call-ups depending on where Gerbe starts the year.
3. Everything McNabb does, because there’s an almost-definite chance he’ll be back in Buffalo this winter for the IIHF U-20 WJC.
4. How many people bother booing MacArthur. He doesn’t deserve the effort you’d put in to heckle him.