The Toronto Maple Leafs (37-20-4) meet the Buffalo Sabres (29-24-8) on Monday night in the Battle of the Queen Elizabeth Way at the Scotiabank Arena. With a distance of just 100 miles between the Atlantic Division rivals, this is a game with more than points at stake.
The Maple Leafs ended a three-match losing streak with a 6-3 win on home-ice against arch-rivals the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday evening, which was all the more impressive given that the Habs were losing 3-0 down at the end of the 1st Period.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.54 Goals per Game, placing them 4th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.84 Goals per Game (8th overall). John Tavares has lit the lamp 34 goals to date, while Mitch Marner has provided 50 assists.
The Sabres 5-2 win on home-ice against the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon, featured a Sam Reinhart hat-trick and ended a four-game losing streak.
The Sabres are averaging 2.82 Goals per Game, which puts them tied 22nd in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.07 Goals per Game (17th overall). Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals for the Sabres, while Jack Eichel has contributed 47 assists.
Although neither team has been in great form recently, predictions for this game have to take into account that the Maples Leafs not only have home-ice advantage, but more quality on their roster and better overall form and stats. On that basis, the Maple Leafs have to be the tips on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs @ -238 (888sport)