With a three-game losing streak and a disappointing loss in Saturday's outdoor game against the Washington Capitals, a game against the lowly Buffalo Sabres is coming at the right time for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs (39-21-7) will visit their border rivals on Monday night.
Toronto received a wake-up call in the loss to the Capitals, where Washington scored shortly after each of Toronto's goals. The Maple Leafs eventually fell 5-2. Before that, Toronto had an overtime loss to the Florida Panthers and a shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Maple Leafs are still in a fine position overall, having won 13 of their previous 15 games before the three-game losing streak developed. They acquired longtime Montreal Canadiens veteran Tomas Plekanec before the trade deadline and are aiming to make a playoff run this postseason once they right the ship.
Toronto will once again be without top playmaker Auston Matthews because of a shoulder injury, but Matthews is reportedly making progress and nearing a return.
Mitchell Marner leads the Maple Leafs in points with 53 points (17 goals, 36 assists). William Nylander has 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) this season. Both Frederik Anderson (55 games played, .920 save percentage) and Curtis McElhinney (13 games played, .931 save percentage) have been solid all season for the Leafs between the pipes.
The Sabres (20-34-11) are coming off a lackluster 4-1 loss to the Panthers on Friday night, which came after back-to-back wins over two of the better teams in the league in the Boston Bruins and Lightning. Buffalo has shown some signs of life throughout the second half of the season, even without top playmaker Jack Eichel, but has repeatedly reverted to its previous form.
It's actually the first meeting of the year for the rivals, which adds some anticipation for both sides.
Backup Chad Johnson will return in net for the Sabres after a disappointing outing by Robin Lehner against the Panthers during the weekend. Johnson has a save percentage of .896 in 25 games this year but has played well in net for the Sabres lately.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Odds
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-1½ (+165)||-||- (-)o|
|Buffalo Sabres||+1½ (-190)||-||- (-)u|
Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Maple Leafs 5, Sabres 2
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report
Betting Odds Trends
|Toronto is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games|
|Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road|
|Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo|
|Toronto is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Buffalo|
|Buffalo is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games|
|Buffalo is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|Buffalo is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games at home|
|Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto|
|Buffalo is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Toronto|
|Auston Matthews||C||Mid March - Shoulder - 3/1/18||Matthews has been designated for the injured reserve list with a right shoulder injury and will likely need at least two weeks to recuperate.|
|Joffrey Lupul||LW||I-R - Conditioning - 9/26/17||Lupul has been deemed as unfit to play and the team has placed him on the long-term injured reserve list.|
|Marco Scandella||D||Ques Mon - Upper Body - 3/2/18||Scandella left the last game with an upper-body injury and it is unclear if he will play Monday against the Maple Leafs.|
|Evan Rodrigues||LW||Doub Mon - Upper Body - 3/4/18||Rodrigues missed the last game with an upper-body injury and his status for Monday's matchup with the Maple Leafs is in doubt.|
|Jack Eichel||C||Late March - Lower Body - 2/19/18||Eichel has landed on the injured reserve list with a high-ankle sprain and is expected to miss at least four-to-six weeks of action.|
|Jake McCabe||D||out for season - Shoulder - 2/20/18||McCabe is on inured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair his shoulder and is likely to be out of action for four-to-six months, ending his season.|
|Zach Bogosian||D||out for season - Hip - 1/29/18||Bogosian has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a hip injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.|
|4/3/17||BUF 2 - TOR 4||1.5, -190/5.5||TOR/O|
|3/25/17||BUF 5 - TOR 2||1.5, -233/5.5||BUF/O|
|2/11/17||TOR 1 - BUF 3||-1.5, 176/5.5||BUF/U|
|1/17/17||TOR 4 - BUF 3||-1.5, 147/5.5||BUF/O|
|11/3/16||BUF 1 - TOR 2||1.5, -305/5.5||BUF/U|
|3/31/16||BUF 4 - TOR 1||-1.5, 199/5||BUF/P|
|3/19/16||TOR 4 - BUF 1||-1.5, 251/5||TOR/P|
|3/7/16||TOR 3 - BUF 4 (SO)||1.5, -307/5||TOR/O|
|10/21/15||BUF 2 - TOR 1 (SO)||-1.5, 253/5.5||TOR/U|
|4/1/15||BUF 4 - TOR 3||1.5, -265/5.5||BUF/O|
|Date||vs||Last Meeting||Line||ATS||Where||Last Meeting|
|3/5/18||@ BUF||W 4-2||-1.5,171/5.5||W/O||BUF||4/3/17|
|3/15/18||@ BUF||W 4-2||-1.5,171/5.5||W/O||BUF||4/3/17|
|3/3/18||@ WAS||L 2-5||1.5,-289/6||P/O||29||34||0/2||2/2|
|2/27/18||@ FLA||L 2-3 (OT)||1.5,-242/6||W/U||39||31||0/2||1/4|
|2/26/18||@ TB||L 3-4 (SO)||1.5,-196/6||W/O||30||42||1/4||0/4|
|2/22/18||NYI||W 4-3 (SO)||-1.5,137/6.5||L/O||31||35||0/3||0/2|
|2/18/18||@ DET||W 3-2||-1.5,220/6||L/U||34||29||0/2||1/1|
|2/17/18||@ PIT||L 3-5||1.5,-230/6||P/O||32||39||1/2||0/1|
|Date||vs||Last Meeting||Line||ATS||Where||Last Meeting|
|3/10/18||VEG||L 4-5 (OT)||-1.5,260/5.5||L/O||VEG||10/17/17|
|3/8/18||@ OTT||L 2-3 (OT)||1.5,-244/5.5||W/U||OTT||2/15/18|
|3/7/18||CAL||W 2-1 (OT)||1.5,-133/5.5||W/U||CAL||1/22/18|
|3/2/18||@ FLA||L 1-4||1.5,-160/6||P/U||25||30||0/3||0/3|
|2/28/18||@ TB||W 2-1 (OT)||1.5,-111/5.5||W/U||34||22||1/4||0/1|
|2/24/18||@ WAS||L 1-5||1.5,-157/5.5||P/O||29||36||0/2||1/1|
|2/22/18||@ DET||W 3-2 (OT)||1.5,-218/5.5||W/U||30||37||1/3||1/3|
|2/15/18||@ OTT||L 2-3 (OT)||1.5,-244/5.5||W/U||25||36||0/2||0/4|