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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +210 / Toronto Maple Leafs -265 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
MSGB, CBC
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NHL | Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs
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The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 36 goals, Jack Eichel has 47 assists and Sam Reinhart has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 105 goals on 1,171 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 80 goals on 881 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 36 goals, Mitch Marner has 53 assists and Morgan Rielly has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 118 goals on 1,525 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 41 goals on 419 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Sabres are 70-151 in their last 221 games as a road underdog, 33-85 in their last 118 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Maple Leafs are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, 38-16 in their last 54 home games and 51-22 in their last 73 games as a favorite. The over is 3-1-1 in Sabres last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall. The Sabres are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Toronto and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres continue to fall apart with a defense that has trouble keeping the puck out of the back of the net, and now they're on the end of a back to back against one of the most explosive offenses in the league. The Maple Leafs have won the last five meetings against the Sabres, and they've scored no less than three goals in all of those games. I'll take the Maple Leafs and the PL to give the bet some actual value, as the ML price is insane.

Pick:
Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5

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