For the second time in just under a week, the Toronto Maple Leafs (37-20-4) meet the Buffalo Sabres (29-24-8) in the Battle of the QEW at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday evening.
When the teams met on Monday evening at the same venue, the Maple Leafs won the game 5-3, although they did go in 1-0 down at the end of the 1st Period. Prior to this rematch, the Maple Leafs had to face the Edmonton Oilers on home-ice on Wednesday evening, followed by a trip to the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.56 Goals per Game, leaving them a very respectable 4th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they have allowed 2.84 Goals per Game (10th overall). John Tavares has scored 35 goals for the season, while Mitch Marner has registered 50 assists.
Following Monday’s loss, the Sabres were beaten 5-2 on the road at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday evening. They had a game on home-ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday evening before this encounter.
The Sabres are averaging 2.81 Goals per Game, placing them 23rd in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.13 Goals per Game (tied 20th overall). Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals to date, while Jack Eichel has recorded 47 assists.
The Maple Leafs will again be the picks in most NHL predictions for this game and everything would appear to point to a second win against the Sabres in a week. The Maple Leafs are the obvious betting pick on the Money Line odds to win here.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs