Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Monday February 25, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Toronto Maple Leafs -240 / Buffalo Sabres +195 -- O/U: 6
The Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to build on a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals in their last outing. Jason Pominville and Sam Reinhart staked Buffalo a 2-0 lead by the end of the 1st period before Washington got on the board early in the 2nd. Rasmus Dahlin late in the 2nd to restore the two-goal cushion before Washington cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the 3rd. That’s as close as Washington would get however, as Reinhart would score his 2nd of the game just 1:27 later and would complete his hat trick on an empty net in the final minute of the game. Carter Hutton got the win to improve to 16-17-4 this season after stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to build some steam after picking up a 6-3 win over Montral in their last outing. Montreal jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the 1st period, but after that, the comeback was on for Toronto. Auston Matthews and Tyler Ennis each had a 2nd period power play goal to make it 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. William Nylander tied the game at three early in the 3rd before Zach Hyman gave Toronto the lead for good with 1:50 to go in the game. Andreas Johnsson made it five and Hyman added a 6th with his 2nd of the game, with both Johnsson and Hyman burying on an empty net in the final minute of the 3rd period. Frederik Andersen got the win to improve to 28-13-3 after stopping 32 of 35 shots faced in the winning effort.
Buffalo is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 71-156 in their last 227 road games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 36-16 in their last 52 home games and 49-22 in their last 71 games as a favorite while the over is 12-5-1 in hteir last 18 division games. The home team is 26-9 in the last 35 meetings between these two teams and Buffalo is 4-14 in the last 18 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
This kind of plus money with a Buffalo team that’s in the thick of the playoff race is tempting. However, Toronto has to be full of confidence after rallying to beat the Canadiens in their last outing and considering the amount of success that the home team has had in this matchup, I think the Maple Leafs are the way to go in this one.