Tyler Ennis Returns to Sabres Lineup Tonight Against Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs (29-42-6) are in town tonight to take on the Buffalo Sabres (21-47-8) in a Wednesday night tilt at the First Niagara Center. Both teams, despite their overall records, have been winners as of late. With a 3-1 win over the Lightning on Monday, the Leafs are officially on a two game win streak—their first time winning consecutive games since February 26-28. The Sabres, with a 4-1 road win over Arizona on Monday night, snapped a five-game losing streak. Andrej Meszaros provided the offensive fireworks in that one, scoring 2 goals on just 3 shots.

Toronto leads the season series between the two clubs, having won two of three games. Leafs jerseys, scarves, and hats were flying the last time these two teams met at First Niagara Center though. Despite winning six of their last nine early in November, the loyal crowd of Leafs fans that cross the border to watch cheaper hockey at First Niagara Center really showed their sportsmanship by throwing their Maple Leafs clothing on the ice early in the third with the Sabres up 6-2. Check out the video below:

After taking line rushes in on the first line this morning at practice it appears as if Tyler Ennis is ready to return for the Blue and Gold. Ennis missed two games after sustaining an upper body injury in last week’s game against the Coyotes at home. Coach Ted Nolan also had him working on the blue line alongside Zach Bogosian on the power play.

Ennis expressed his excitement about his return for tonight’s home game against the Leafs saying that “the crowd’s always awesome and that it’s a lot of fun.”

Matt Moulson, knowing very well what the team could expect from the crowd, was to the point in addressing any media questions concerning the team’s objectives for tonight’s games.

In his last 12 games against the Maple Leafs, Moulson has recorded 17 points (10 G, 8 A).

Matt Moulson (26) will look to improve upon a scoring streak that he has going against the Maple Leafs. In 23 career games against the Leafs, Moulson has 23 points (15 G, 8 A). Photo courtesy Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Matt Moulson (26) will look to improve upon a scoring streak that he has going against the Maple Leafs. In 23 career games against the Leafs, Moulson has 23 points (15 G, 8 A).

Photo courtesy Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Anders Lindback will get the nod as tonight’s starter for Buffalo. Lindback is 2-1-0 in four career games against Toronto. In those four games, Lindback recorded an impressive .935 save percentage and a 1.81 goals-against average.

Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will not be in the lineup tonight for the Sabres. Ted Nolan said that he woke up sick this morning and will most likely be out for tonight's game.

Ethics and morality issues aside, what will tonight provide? Following an 11-winless streak that started on January 9th and ended February 7th, Toronto fell within the reach of McEichel. Although the Sabres play three of their final six games against teams in playoff contentions, the Leafs are still something to worry about granted the lottery system used to determine draft position. My only advice for Sabres fans: for the love of Buffalo and Sabres hockey, please DO NOT cross the line by wearing the Maple Leafs crest on your sweater.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 and as always the game will be covered on MSG-B and the Sabres flagship station WGR 550. To receive up-to-date Sabres news, scores, and stories don’t forget to follow @TheHerdReport on Twitter.