Maple Leafs vs. Sabres Pick
3 Toronto Maple Leafs at 4 Buffalo Sabres, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Maple Leafs are listed as a -170 favorite to win on the moneyline. The total is set at 5.5 goals. Toronto is +180 on the -1.5 puckline, while Buffalo is +180.
Toronto opened as a -155 favorite before the line was bet up, while the total has remained at 5.5 goals. The Maple Leafs can be found anywhere from a -165 to a -180 favorite at various books, while the Sabres are ranking from +145 to +160.
As of Monday afternoon, 76 percent of public bets are on Toronto to win. Online wager info also states that 73 percent of bets are coming in on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews is out until mid-March with a shoulder injury. For the Sabres, defenseman Marco Scandella is questionable to play tonight with an upper body injury. Left winger Evan Rodrigues is doubtful to play with an upper body injury.
Toronto has lost three in a row on the road, but all have been to tougher opponents than Buffalo. While this is a shot in the dark pick, I believe the Maple Leafs are showing signs they're playing better hockey and adjusting without Matthews. They now get an opponent that is vulnerable to getting throttled and is coming off a 4-1 loss at Florida. The Sabres are only 9-18-3-1 at home this season, while Toronto is a respectable 17-13-3-2 on the road. I like the Maple Leafs to put on an impressive performance here and cover the puck line. As bettors, we'll prosper nicely if that happens.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PL +180