Buffalo Sabres (17-17-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 17, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -167 / Buffalo Sabres +133 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay red hot as they return to the Air Canada Centre to host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
The Sabres look to build on their big home win over the Dallas Stars yesterday afternoon as they take to the road to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Atlantic division show down that carries some pretty big significance. The Sabres have had some issues with consistency this season and haven’t really lived up to the preseason hype that some circles had for them as a potential wild card and dark horse in the Eastern Conference playoffs, though there is still time for them to turn it around. The Sabres have had struggles on the road this season and will need a big effort against a Maple Leafs team that has won eight of their last 10 games and is quickly becoming a very tough team to play against under Mike Babcock.
The Maple Leafs continue to find ways to win hockey games despite what the odds makers think is a suitable line and after a weekend win against the Ottawa Senators they gear up for another local rival in the Buffalo Sabres. Toronto has been great at home this season and will turn to Frederik Andersen in the crease once again as he has been absolutely brilliant in the crease for his new team and if he can continue his strong play the Leafs have a very good shot at making the playoffs just a year removed from drafting first overall. Toronto is 9-2 in their last 11 against the Eastern Conference but they have struggled in their last four home games as they have lost them all and will be out to rectify that tonight.
The Sabres are 6-1 in their last seven Tuesday games and 19-58 in their last 77 when playing in a back to back while the Buds are 19-40 in their last 59 against the Atlantic and 4-0 in their last four when playing on two day’s rest. The Leafs are big favourites here but they should have the energy and pace to get the win against the Sabres who are playing on short rest.