The KeyBank Center in Buffalo is set to play host to the Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The NHL season is off to a fast start, and this is shaping up to be a solid matchup for the viewers and those looking to bet online.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the betting favorites at -190 over the Buffalo Sabres. The over/under is set at 6.0 goals.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres
The Toronto Maple Leafs come in with a record of 9-5-1, which accounts for 19 points. It might be too early to identify Stanley Cup title contenders, but the Maple Leafs are clearly in the discussion.
Buffalo has gone just 6-5-2, but that is actually a big improvement from recent seasons. The 14 points for the Sabres have them in the playoff mix.
Toronto has won two straight games, while Buffalo picked up a win on Friday. Both teams could show some fatigue in this game as it is the second game of a back-to-back.
Toronto is Tough On Opponents
The Leafs are fresh off a closely-fought 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames, where the team showed a lot of fight and resilience.
“It was just keeping our composure tonight,” said Auston Matthews.
“When they scored, we didn’t get down. I thought we played pretty solid throughout the whole game, they’re a really good team and play well within their structure. They make it hard to generate offense, especially on the inside, so I think we just stuck with it and grinded it out.”
Most NHL experts would agree that the Maple Leafs are one of the most explosive teams in the NHL. Toronto is scoring just 2.53 goals per game this season, but they are going to keep pressure on the Sabres.
William Nylander leads the Maple Leafs with 15 total points on the year, and that includes seven goals. Mitchell Marner has ten assists to lead the team, and Toronto is going to break through on offense at some point.
It has been the defense of Toronto that has led the way this season as they are giving up just 2.53 goals per game. Jack Campbell has been dominant in net for the Maple Leafs all season long as he has stormed out to an 8-3-1 record.
The Maple Leafs just do so many things that make them hard to play, and that’s what Buffalo has to deal with on Saturday night.
Sabres Need to Score
If the Buffalo Sabres are going to stay in the playoff race this season then they are going to have to find some more offense. Buffalo is scoring just 2.92 goals per game, and they are also giving up that same amount of goals to opponents.
Buffalo recently traded Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights, taking away a great offensive piece. Rasmus Asplund leads the team with six assists and ten total points, but Buffalo is going to have to find more scoring moving forward.
The Sabres have a pair of capable goaltenders, but it has been Craig Anderson that has played the best. Anderson is giving up just 2.5 goals per game this season, and he is 4-2 on the year.
Toronto Takes Control
The Buffalo Sabres picked up a stunning win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, but that was a bit of an outlier. Buffalo has done a great job of limiting goals for opponents, but the Sabres struggle to get scoring of their own, making it hard to justify betting on them at the offered sport betting odds.
Toronto just doesn’t have any flaws this season, and they look like one of the best teams in the NHL. Playing on the road in the NHL is never easy, but the Maple Leafs are clearly the better team in this matchup.
This is going to be a low-scoring game, so our NHL betting pick is on Toronto to win it by one goal.