Holzer to get ice time against Sabres

Marlies call-up Korbinian Holzer.

Marlies call-up Korbinian Holzer.

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:05 PM ET

TORONTO -- Marlies call-up Korbinian Holzer, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenceman from Germany will get his first taste of NHL action Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, where the Maple Leafs will be trying to put an end to a four-game losing streak.

Normally the Leafs, who have won only once in the past eight games, would not be looking forward to meeting the stingy Buffalo Sabres. But perhaps a game with their QEW rival is just what the doctor ordered.

The Sabres, who hold a 40-33-12 advantage over Toronto at the ACC and Maple Leafs Gardens, are currently mired in their own slump. They have lost five straight, including a 3-2 defeat on Friday night at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. During that span, Buffalo has been outscored 22-10. To make matters worse, or better if you are the Leafs, Sabres all-star goalie Ryan Miller is sidelined with an injury.

So the annual Hall of Fame game seems like the perfect occasion for the rested Leafs, who have not played since going down to the Capitals 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday in Washington, to break out of their funk.

Holzer, who has no points, a minus-5 rating and 17 minutes in penalties in eight games with the Marlies, was called up from the farm on Wednesday. He‚ll go in for either Brett Lebda or Carl Gunnarsson as the Leafs try to make due without injured captain Dion Phaneuf.

"I'm really excited. I didn't sleep much just thinking about everything," Holzer said of being inserted into the starting lineup for tonight's game. "I will try my best to prove to them that it was the right decision. (They told me) to keep it simple, keep the game in front of you, be strong in your own end. And that's what I‚ll try to do."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere (4-3-1, 2.37 GAA) will be back in net for the Leafs after sitting against the Capitals.

QUICK HITS

Ron Wilson on Hall of Fame inductee Dino Ciccarelli: "I've still got to talk to him cause he stole a couple of goals I scored, I know it. Maybe he'll finally admit it too — Dino was a real competitor for his size. I played parts of four seasons with Dino and he wanted to score so bad and he played hard every night. He was vicious with his stick, at times. I still can‚t believe he scored 600 and some goals, it's quite an accomplishment and I'm really happy for him that he finally gets recognized for it."

Former Sabre Clarke MacArthur on Buffalo's recent woes: "Yes, I am surprised. They have a good team, a veteran team. You know, it just shows how this league can be. I mean, they've lost some close games, even last night, I thought they had a good game and just came up short. We want to keep them down there."

Tyler Bozak on scoring against the Washington Capitals: "It felt pretty good because they haven't been coming too easy this year. Whenever you get one, it always feels great and hopefully that's one that will let the floodgates open."


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