The Leafs travel down the QEW for the back half of a preseason home and home against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at the First Niagara Centre. The Sabres won’t have Ryan Miller tonight (Enroth starts) but they will ice a lineup loaded with regulars. Wilson meanwhile has gone with some mix and match line combinations:

Kulemin – Grabovski – Frattin
Lupul – Colborne – Hamilton
Kadri – Boyce – Armstrong
Rosehill – Dupuis – Ryan

Aulie – Schenn
Mikus – Komisarek
Gardiner – Lashoff

The quick rundown of storylines: We will get our first really good look at Jonas Gustavsson tonight as he plays the full 60. Frattin gets a nice opportunity alongside Grabovski and Kulemin tonight. Boyce and Dupuis will both play, and the pair are in competition for that fourth line center’s role for opening night. Gardiner plays AGAIN.

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