Preseason Game 3 vs Toronto @ St. Catherine’s
Matt Moulson scored the only goal in Buffalo’s 1-0 shootout victory over Toronto Thursday up in St. Catherine’s. Anders Nillson made twenty-three stops during regulation and another 2 during the OT session. Nillson stopped all four Toronto shootout attempts. Jack Eichel did not play.
Preseason Game 4 vs Toronto @ Key Bank Center
The Sabres and Leafs will close out a home-at-home Friday in Buffalo. Dmitry Kulikov will make his preseason debut while Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly will sit out. Robin Lehner is expected to play the entire game.
Auston Matthews will NOT be in the lineup for Toronto.
In a “good will” gesture Rasmus Ristolainen appeared on the ice Thursday to skate with his teammates. Although a deal hasn’t been reached, the Sabres young but very promising defenseman did not want to lay around while a new contract was being negotiated. Ristolainen participated in the World Cup of Hockey with his native Finalnd but were eliminated prior to the semi-final round.
Kulikov participated in a skate on Thursday and is penciled in for Friday night’s preseason game vs Toronto in Buffalo. Kulikov was a fixture on the Russian blueline at the World Cup of Hockey. Kulikov was acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers at the NHL Entry draft for Mark Pysyk and two draft picks.
O’Reilly could return to the Sabres as early as today. The forward helped Team Canada clinch the World Cup of Hockey last night in a 3-1 win over Europe.
Enroth, now a member of the Leafs could play tonight in his return to Buffalo.