TORONTO -- The Sabres and Maple Leafs won't have deep lineups for Friday night's preseason game in the newly-named Scotiabank Arena. What does that mean for Buffalo fans?
They will see Rasmus Dahlin in the rematch Saturday in KeyBank Center -- as well as the head-to-head matchup of good friends and All-Star Game teammates Jack Eichel and Austin Matthews.
Update: Late Friday afternoon, the Leafs announced their lineup for *Saturday's* game and confirmed Matthews will be in the lineup. So will former Sabre Tyler Ennis, Patrick Marleau, Jake Gardiner and starting goaltender Frederik Andersen.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 21, 2018
Dahlin, Eichel and Matthews are all sitting out Friday night's game. The Sabres' top line will have Casey Mittelstadt between Alexander Nylander and Tage Thompson, while Toronto's top line will feature John Tavares between Zach Hyman and Mitch Marner.
Zemgus Girgensons and Vladimir Sobotka are among those who will suit up at forward for the Sabres while the top defense pair will be Brendan Guhle with Casey Nelson. Linus Ullmark will start in goal.
Veterans playing for the Leafs tonight include Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly and Ron Hainsey, with normal backup Curtis McElhinney in goal.
Both games of the home-and-home will be televised on MSG, with the network picking up the Leafs' telecasts from Sportsnet. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray have the Sabres' call on WGR Radio 550.
Good morning! Projected lines for tonight in Toronto:
Nylander - Mittelstadt - Thompson
Girgensons - Sobotka - Oglevie
Smith - Porter - Baptiste
Olofsson - Asplund - Cornel
Guhle - Nelson
Pilut - Tennyson
Hickey - Redmond
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 21, 2018
#Leafs lines at morning skate vs. Buffalo tonight:
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 21, 2018