Buffalo claimed a second straight victory and a third win in their last four in beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT on home-ice on Thursday night.
Victor Olofsson scored the winning goal 2:44 into overtime for the Sabres, adding to another he had in regulation. Jack Eichel scored and had two assists and there was also a goal from Evan Rodrigues. Carter Hutton made 28 saves.
The Sabres average 2.84 Goals per Game (GPG), while allowing 3.09 (GA). Eichel is Buffalo’s leading player in goals, points and assists, with 32, 73 and 41 respectively. They are 17-10-4 on home-ice.
There was a game as recently as Saturday night for Toronto, who came out 4-2 winners on the road at the Ottawa Senators.
The goals for the Maples Leafs came from Auston Matthews, Jake Muzzin, William Nylander and Mitch Marner, while Jack Campbell stopped 24 shots.
The Maple Leafs average 3.53 GPG, while allowing 3.22 (GA). Matthews has 42 goals and 71 points for Toronto, while Marner has registered 44 assists. They are 16-12-1 on the road.
Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Lines & Tip
Looking at NHL betting tips, with the Sabres having had a couple of extra days to prepare for this game and with the home-ice advantage, they might be worth backing as the tip as the outsiders in the betting odds going into this game.