Lots on the line for both teams tonight. Both top scorers, Kessel and Vanek, have struggled mightily of late. Vanek has just 2 goals in 13 games, while Kessel hasn’t scored in 4. The x-factor tonight is the goaltenders. We know Ryan Miller is always a stud in net, but can James Reimer rebound from three difficult games in a row? Kessel, as well as the all of the sudden struggling Clarke MacArthur must play well for the Leafs to have a chance at cracking Miller.
I think Reimer has the bounceback game he’s looking for, but lets in one late for the Sabres to tie it up. Leafs win it in a shootout, 3-2, only gaining one point on Buffalo. Am I being too optimistic about a mediocre Leafs team with a goalie who’s spent a lifetime in the minors? Probably, but I think that the Leafs will want this one more and manage to squeak out a win.