Toronto Maple Leafs (35-23-15) at Buffalo Sabres (30-32-12)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 25, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +127 / Toronto Maple Leafs -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs head to the KeyBank Center for an NHL hockey match up with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be on the verge of locking up a spot in the postseason but they can be difficult to get a handle on at times. The Maple Leafs stayed on track and continued to play well after a 4-2 victory versus visiting New Jersey Devils on Thursday gave the team wins in seven of nine. The Leafs offense featured goals from James Van Riemsdyk, Connor Brown, William Nylander and Josh Leivo to help Curtis McElhinney to the victory with his 30 saves. The Devils offense was a one man effort with John Moore lighting the lamp twice which wasn’t enough with Keith Kinkaid allowing three goals to absorb the loss against a dangerous Maple Leafs offense.
The Buffalo Sabres have improved enough to make themselves a nuisance to many teams although the postseason will have to wait at least another year. Having said that, the Pittsburgh Penguins have the Sabres number after a 3-1 victory at the KeyBank Center secured a playoff berth and was their 12th straight game versus Buffalo without a loss. The Sabres have been trying to find some consistent scoring with Sam Reinhart’s tally being just their 5th goal in five contests and that wasn’t enough for Robin Lehner who was saddled with the loss despite 31 saves. The Penguins attack featured goals from Sydney Crosby, Nick Bonino and Conor Sheary to make a winner of Matt Murray and his 29 stop performance.
The Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the under is 9-1 in Maple Leafs last 10 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation while theMaple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 overall and the under is 5-0 in Sabres last 5 vs. Atlantic while the under is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The home team is 23-5 in the last 28 meetings and the Maple Leafs are 6-20 in the last 26 meetings in Buffalo.
The trends heavily favor the Buffalo Sabres but Toronto needs this badly so while I look at this and wait for goalies I’ll back the under…