GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (8-6-2) at Buffalo Sabres (7-8-0).
TIME: Friday, 8 p.m. EST.
http://www.nhl.com/scores/previews/250_2_preview.htmlThe Buffalo Sabres look to end a four-game losing streak when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena.
The Sabres, who have lost six of their last seven overall, also will try to stop a four-game home skid.
Buffalo has struggled without injured rookie goaltender Ryan Miller, who broke his thumb in practice Saturday. The Sabres have given up 23 goals in four games with Martin Biron, who has a 4.67 goals-against average in that span, and Mika Noronen, who gave up four goals in 33 minutes of a 10-4 defeat to Ottawa the same day Miller broke his thumb.
The Sabres put a season-high 44 shots on goal Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes but lost 5-3 despite allowing just 22 shots to the Hurricanes.
"It's really frustrating," said Sabres rookie Thomas Vanek. "We got a lot of shots, but we have to buckle down and work harder to get the rebounds."
The good news is the highly touted Vanek, the fifth overall pick in the 2003 draft, scored his first two NHL goals against Carolina. He also picked up his 10th assist, and among rookies, only Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby has more (14).
The Maple Leafs have been defying a statistical norm this season. Despite a losing road record, they have outscored opponents away from home. Additionally, they have been outscored at home despite a 6-3-1 record at the Air Canada Centre.
Toronto rallied for a 6-4 home win Tuesday over Washington. The Maple Leafs tallied four third-period goals to win after falling behind 2-0 in the first period.
"We worked a lot harder tonight," Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "We were pretty unlucky to be down 2-0 after one. We stuck to the program, and it worked out."