Buffalo Sabres (22-22-10) at Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 11, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -160 / Buffalo Sabres +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs meet up at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night in a show down of two Atlantic division foes.
The Sabres head into Toronto looking to spoil the party for Leafs Nation on Saturday night in a pivotal show down between two Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls in a game that will feature some of the league’s brightest young players face off against each other. Buffalo has had some impressive outings this season but most of them have come on home ice and their play on the road has been a cause for concern and could leave them on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs in what would be a slight disappointment for a group that expected this to be their return to hockey’s second season. The Sabres will need a big effort from their blue line and goaltender Robin Lehner if they’re going to get the win but even still they have their work cut out for them against a Leafs side that has shaken off their post all star game rust.
Toronto will look to add another home ice win to their resume and coming at the expense of the Sabres would certainly make their fans happy as this has quietly become a nice rivalry over the years as the division rivals and geographic neighbours tee up another exciting contest. Toronto has plenty to look forward to if the rookie seasons of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are any indication as the two youngsters have been tearing up the score sheet and with Jack Eichel wearing swords on his chest as a member of the opposition here you can bet he would love to show up his former world junior teammate in Matthews as these two are going to be linked moving forward just as often as he is with Connor McDavid.
The Sabres are 9-4 in their last 13 Saturday games and 5-0 in their last five games following a home loss of three goals or more while the Leafs are 8-2 in their last 10 against the Atlantic and 2-5 in their last seven overall. These two teams always seem to compete hard against each other and while I am a sucker for the Sabres at home I don’t see how they win on the road in this spot.