Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (41-22-7) at Buffalo Sabres (22-35-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Toronto Maple Leafs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TSNT, MSGB
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabers meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 28 goals, Mitch Marner has 37 assists and William Nylander has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 156 goals on 1,935 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 26 goals on 377 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
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The Buffalo Sabers look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 31 assists and Kyle Okposo has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 132 goals on 1,490 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 74 goals on 709 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 20-57 in their last 77 Thursday games, 8-20 in their last 28 home games and 23-52 in their last 75 overall. The Maple Leafs are 13-39-2 in the last 54 meetings in Buffalo, the home team is 25-6 in the last 31 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the end of a back to back, have defensive issues as of late and haven't had great success over the years playing in Buffalo. However, the Buffalo Sabers really have nothing to play for at this point and have been fade material all season long, especially on their home ice. I'm going to back the Maple Leafs, as I can't make a case to back the Sabres in their current form.