Buffalo Sabres (2-7-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-4-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 28, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -222 / Buffalo Sabres +201 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs square off Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Buffalo Sabres are off to a brutal 2-7 start and aren’t playing well on either side of the ice. The Sabres offense is producing just 1.1 goals per game and has scored just a combined three goals in their last five games. The Sabres also have yet to score on the power play this season. Tyler Ennis leads Buffalo with three goals, Drew Stafford has four assists and Matt Moulson has 20 shots on goal. The Buffalo Sabres have lost 29 of their last 30 games when scoring two or less goals. Goaltending, Michal Neuvirth has allowed nine goals on 107 shots and Jhonas Enroth has allowed 19 goals on 222 shots faced. The highlight for the Sabres is that they have a power play kill percentage of 84.8 and have allowed just two power play goals in their last six games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to start winning at home, as they’re 1-4 in front of their home fans and 3-4-1 overall. The Maple Leafs have received a decent dose of offense this season, averaging 2.6 goals per game. The Maple Leafs have also kept this average up despite not scoring a power play goal in four straight games. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with four goals, Tyler Bozak has five assists and James van Riemsdyk has 24 shots on goal. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 14 of their last 20 games when scoring three or more goals. Defensively, James Reimer has allowed eight goals on 93 shots and Jonathan Bernier has given up 17 goals on 178 shots faced. The Maple Leafs have also allowed just one power goal in 21 tries in their last five games.
The Sabres are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 13-39 in their last 52 road games. The Maple Leafs are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto.
I'm not sure how anybody can back the Buffalo Sabres with the way they've been playing this season. To actually give us some value on this pick, I suggest taking the Maple Leafs by 1.5 goals.