Preseason Game #4 vs. Toronto
The Maple Leafs found their offense Friday night at Key Bank Center in Buffalo. Toronto pasted the Sabres 8-1 to close out back-to-back games. The Leafs opened up a 4-1 lead after the first 20 minutes and chased Buffalo starting goaltender Jason Kasdorf.
Derek Grant scored the lone goal for Buffalo drawing assists from Justin Bailey and Jake McCabe. Tyler Ennis and Bailey tied for the team high in shots on goal with 5 a piece. Kasdorf finished with 9 saves.
John Muse came in at the 14 mark of period one and allowed four goals on 27 shots. The Sabres went 0-4 on the power-play. They still are scoreless this preseason with the man advantage.
Dmitry Kulikov saw his first action as a Buffalo Sabres defenseman and played just under 20 minutes. He was a minus -1. Kuliov suffered a bruise on his “backside” after receiving a hit by the Leafs bench, that opened the door (happens on contact).
Nick Baptiste left the game with a lower-back injury.
Sabres are now 2-2-0 in the preseason.
Announced Attendance: 17,866
Robin Lehner Update
Lehner was scheduled to play Friday versus Toronto. However, earlier in the day he suffered a forearm contusion. Sabres brass admitted if this was a regular season game, Lehner would be playing. Precautionary measure being taken.
Training Camp Roster Trimmed
The Sabres announced Saturday that 17 players were being sent down to Rochester and/or released: Forwards Justin Bailey, William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci (pending waivers), Eric Cornel, Jean Dupuy, Vaclav Karabacek, Justin Kea, Evan Rodrigues and Cole Schneider (pending waivers). Defenseman Brady Austin, Brycen Martin and goaltender Jason Kasdorf.
The following players were released from their tryouts and will report to training camp in Rochester; Forwards Matthew Lane and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda; defenseman Mac Bennett and Paul Geiger; goaltender John Muse.
The Sabres current training camp roster consists of 33 players (18 forwards, 12 defenseman and three goaltenders.
The offensive lines on Saturday morning at practice were:
Kane – Eichel – Reinhart
Ennis – Girgensons – Okposo
Foligno – Larsson – Gionta
Deslauriers – Grant – Moulson
Nylander – C. O’Reilly – Fasching
Three goaltenders remain in camp, Robin Lehner, Anders Nillson and Linus Ullmark.
Not Practicing Saturday