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Friday, November 15th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (11-6-1) at Buffalo Sabres (4-15-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres didn't have much time to celebrate their first victory on home ice before wholesale changes hit the club.

The Sabres look to post their first winning streak of the season on Friday night, when Ted Nolan begins his second stint as the club's head coach in the opener of a home-and-home set with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Buffalo went into Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings with just three victories in 19 games this season and an 0-8-1 record on home ice. However, shootout goals from Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis coupled with 43 saves by Ryan Miller led to a 3-2 victory for the Sabres.

Cody Hodgson scored both regulation goals for the Sabres and Moulson assisted on both tallies. Ennis added an assist.

"I thought we were working together in the zone. These are the kind of games where teams hang around and we need to do the little things to win. We did that tonight," said Miller, who 46 career shootout wins are the most in NHL history.

The victory did not save the jobs of general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston. The two were fired by owner Terry Pegula on Tuesday night and replaced by Nolan and Pat LaFontaine, who was named president of hockey operations.

"It's great to be back," said Nolan on Wednesday. "Hopefully, I can bring some credibility back to this organization."

LaFontaine, who starred for six seasons with the Sabres from 1991-92 until 1996-97, will be tasked with hiring a new GM.

Rolston was in his first season as the full-time head coach, having taken over on an interim basis last February when Lindy Ruff was fired. The Sabres finished 15-11-5 in 31 games under Rolston last season before this year's rough start.

"We didn't exactly put Ron in the best of situations as head coach with some of the moves we've made and the direction we've taken the organization," said Pegula at a Wednesday news conference.

Re-enter Nolan, who was Buffalo's head coach for two seasons from 1995-97 before Ruff had his stellar run of 15 years as head coach.

Coincidentally, Regier was the one who opted not to renew Nolan's contract.

At least one move Regier made before his departure appears to be working out. He acquired Moulson from the New York Islanders during the season along with a 2014 first-round pick and a second-round selection in 2015 for forward Thomas Vanek. Moulson has two goals and eight points in seven games with the Sabres.

Buffalo, which has not won two straight in 2013-14, split four meetings with the Maple Leafs last season but is 11-1-1 in the last 13 encounters on home ice.

Miller went 2-1-1 with a 2.91 goals against average in the four games versus the Leafs last season and this will mark the first meeting between the clubs since a preseason clash on Sept. 22 that resulted in a line brawl.

Buffalo's John Scott lit the powder keg, going after Toronto's Phil Kessel, an unwilling opponent, before the brawl erupted. One of the fallouts was Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson leaving the bench and subsequently getting a 10- game suspension.

Toronto has cooled down a bit since its 6-1 start and is coming off its third loss in four games. The Maple Leafs did earn a point, falling 2-1 in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves, giving up the game-tying goal with 4:17 to go in regulation after Toronto's offense managed just a goal from Mason Raymond in the second period. Bernier was then beaten twice in the shootout.

It was an eventful game for Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, who was twice involved in plays that saw a Wild player take a hit to the head. He first crashed into Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during the first period, with Backstrom eventually leaving the game due to injury, and Kadri later picked up a 10- minute match penalty for an illegal hit on Mikael Granlund.

"(Kadri) made initial contact with the shoulder and (Granlund) had his head down. He didn't have his arms up, he ran into the player. Granlund snapped his head back and obviously, the referee saw it differently," Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said.

Kadri did in fact receive a suspension following a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday, but the three-game ban was issued for his hit on Backstrom and not Granlund.

Carlyle could opt to give James Reimer the start tonight given that he is 5-2-1 in his career versus the Sabres despite a 3.48 GAA.

Bernier has lost both of his previous encounters with Buffalo, allowing eight goals on 52 shots.

11/15 10:48:24 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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