The Buffalo Sabres (17-7-3) meet the Toronto Maple Leafs (19-8-0) at the KeyBank Center on Tuesday evening.
The Sabres were in action on Tuesday evening on the road at the Nashville Predators, so there is a quick turnaround after a far from easy game. Prior to that, the Sabres had lost their last two games, the latest of which was a 3-2 OT defeat at the Florida Panthers last Friday, in a game where they twice led.
Those last couple of losses brought to an end a remarkable 10-game winning streak for the Sabres, which took them to the top of the NHL standings. Few predictions would have anticipated the Sabres putting together a run of that magnitude and the fear from their perspective is that it’s now a return to the norm.
The Sabres are averaging 3.04 Goals per Game at present, leaving them 13th in the overall standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.81 Goals per Game, which puts them 12th in the NHL standings overall. Jeff Skinner has 20 goals for the Sabres, with Jack Eichel having contributed 27 assists.
The Maple Leafs were last in action on Saturday evening, which they stretched their winning streak to four games with a 5-3 win on the road at Minnesota Wild.
The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.63 Goals per Game, which positions them tied 3rd in the overall standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.59 Goals per Game, which also puts them 3rd overall. John Tavares has 17 goals and Mitch Marner has recorded 32 assists.
The extra rest and current form both make the Maple Leafs the tips on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Match Result – Toronto Maple Leafs @ -167 (888sport)
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