Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-2) at Buffalo Sabres (3-13-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +190 / Toronto Maple Leafs -210 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres play Saturday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won three of their last four games and are working their way up in the Atlantic division. The Maple Leafs are led by an offense that’s averaging 3.3 goals per game and has scored 17 goals in their last four games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring three or more goals. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 10 goals, Tyler Bozak has nine assists and Nazem Kadri has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, James Reimer has allowed 16 goals on 214 shots and Jonathan Bernier has given up 28 goals on 352 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t allowed a power play goal in two straight games and have scored seven pp goals just this month, making them one of the better teams with the advantage.
The Buffalo Sabres have lost eight of their last nine games and haven’t shown many bright spots to turn things around. The Sabres are the worst offensive team in the league with an average of 1.1 goals per game. The Buffalo Sabres have scored five goals in their last three games and have lost seven straight when scoring two or less goals. Tyler Ennis leads Buffalo with five goals, Drew Stafford has seven assists and Zemgus Girgensons has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, Michal Neuvirth has given up 25 goals on 295 shots and Jhonas Enroth has allowed 38 goals on 370 shots faced. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed at least one power play goal in four of their last seven games and have scored just 5.5 percent of the time with the advantage.
The Maple Leafs are 4-10 in their last 14 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 Saturday games. The Sabres are 15-38 in their last 53 home games and 11-42 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 10-31-2 in the last 43 meetings in Buffalo and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Although the Buffalo Sabres are brutal, we are getting value with them here. Toronto is the team that's playing on a back-to-back, and the Maple Leafs haven't had the best success over the years playing in Buffalo. Give me the Sabres as the shot in the dark.