Shuffle Off to Buffalo: Toronto Makes the Lake Ontario Loop
Stash the head bags Toronto fans – your Buds are hot
Long the butt of hockey jokes, Toronto fans can stash the head bags as the Maple Leafs are producing like playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference. The high scoring Leafs head into Buffalo riding a 6-3-1 streak and their 9-6-2 record has the Buds sitting in the final playoff spot (8th) in the East. Toronto busted up Buffalo 4-0 at the Air Canada Centre back on October 28 as they outshot the Sabres by a 37-10 margin. Pittsburgh took out the Leafs 2-1 at ACC last night but the Leafs have scored three or more goals in seven of their last nine games and sit fourth overall with a 3.18 GPG average. Though their 2.59 GAA is a middling NHL 14th best – it’s better the 3.07 mark the Leafs posted last season. Toronto has lost three straight in Buffalo.
Slouching Sabers: So many areas need vast improvement in Buffalo
It’s becoming difficult to determine what is the worst of the worst in Buffalo who own a 3-13-2 NHL last place record and have lost five straight. Here’s a quick per game average rundown detailing just how bad Buffalo is; 3.61 goals against which is good for 29th in the NHL, plus 1.22 goals scored, 37.1 shots against, 22 shots for, 5.4 power play percentage - all categories where Buffalo is dead last in the league. This isn’t a situation like what’s going on over in Columbus as the Blue Jackets (5-10-1) have been pounded by injuries but they have a light at the end of the tunnel. We’re not Buffalo Bashers, part of us feels bad for this group of Sabres, but they are simply overmatched when it comes to talent on a nightly basis. Slice it and dice it anyway you want, the Leafs can score – the Sabres don’t. Michal Neuvirth (2-5-1 GAA 3.07) starts in goal for Buffalo tonight
Maple Leafs vs Sabres Summary & Prediction: James Reimer (4-2-0 GAA 2.65) gets the call between the pipes for Toronto while Michal Neuvirth (2-5-1 GAA 3.07) starts for Buffalo. Toronto has a short trip home and two days off after this contest so they won’t look past the Sabres here. We knew the price at William Hill would be lofty and it is. With everything analyzed, the chances of a sudden fall by the Leafs, that’s coupled with a sudden surge by the Sabres, is highly unlikely. Keeping with our reluctance to lay pucks with road teams, we are backing the Leafs with 500 units on the money line odds posted at William Hill.
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