Buffalo Sabres (29-33-10) at Toronto Maple Leafs (24-35-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 19, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +100 / Buffalo Sabres -120 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Sabres look to build on their winning ways and grab their second in as many nights as they head into Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs.
The Sabres look to continue their late season surge and finish the year on a winning note as they head into Toronto to battle the Leafs in a game that many expected could decide the fate of this year’s top draft prospects. The Sabres have been much better since the all-star break and stand a very good chance at finishing above the .500 mark, and while that may not be a huge accomplishment for them in the short term it certainly gives optimism for the future for a team that has the pieces to be a top contender in the East for years to come. Robin Lehner has been great since his return to the lineup but he will likely give way to Chad Johnson in this one as he will face off against Garett Sparks.
Toronto is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last outing but will look to make amends in one of their few winnable games remaining on the schedule. The Buds are in last place in the NHL standings and will likely stay there moving forward which on paper gives them the best shot at winning the draft lottery and would immediately give them a plug and play type of weapon in Auston Matthews. The Leafs haven’t been great at home or on the road for that matter but their effort at the ACC is alarming and while Buffalo did play last night I think they are trending forward and the Leafs, without a few of their regulars, will drop another one to a division rival.