Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Mar 06, 2024

NHL: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs jump back onto the saddle on Wednesday by hosting struggling regional rivals the Buffalo Sabres.

March 06, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Puckline +1.5 -155
Moneyline +150
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +6

Another crack at the Boston Bruins on Monday led to more disappointment for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 4-1 defeat left people with more questions than satisfying answers, but luckily they get to rebound on Wednesday against one of the NHL’s underperforming sides. The Sabres will be in town following a 5-2 loss at home to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

As per NHL odds the Leafs are pegged as moneyline favourites, priced at -190.

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

Further to what we wrote in our intro, Toronto will certainly hope that playing Buffalo proves simpler than contending with Boston because the Sabres have rattled three wins in a row against the Leafs. The latter two were earlier this season and the New York state ensemble produced 15 total goals courtesy of 6-4 and 9-3 victories.

Despite what we’ve said regarding the Sabres’ season, which may conclude with another miss at the playoff, they have shown spunk. Look no further than recent victories over the Lightning and Golden Knights, the latter stamped with an impressive 7-2 final. Before Sunday’s loss versus Winnipeg, Buffalo had won five of six. They had also covered four spreads in a row, improving their tally on the season to 33-29.

It almost seems unfair that Toronto is 22-37 against the puckline. Since last week they were apparently supposed to defeat Vegas, the New York Rangers, and Boston by at least two goals. That’s a lot easier said than done. What’s perhaps more genuinely concerning is the decent if unspectacular home tally of 17-12-2. Only the Leafs and Flyers are sitting in playoff spots with more than 10 regulation defeats at home.

Buffalo Sabres

Whether it was a case of all good things coming to an end or the Winnipeg Jets simply outwitting the Sabres, the 5-2 defeat exemplified both the good and the bad about Buffalo.

The hosts had played excellent hockey, with aforementioned success against strong sides like Tampa Bay and Vegas. Things got underway in promising fashion versus Winnipeg too. Buffalo scored one of the slickest goals of the season in the first period via wonderful one-touch passing on the power play, with JJ Peterka (20th) putting the puck away. That the Jets levelled shortly after didn’t dampen Buffalo’s spirits. Eric Robinson (third) helped his side regain the lead in the second. Disaster struck midway through the final frame, however. Costly mistakes and bad shift management resulted in four unanswered goals by the visitors. That’s basically the knock on the Sabres. When it rains, it pours.

Jeff Skinner and Alex Tuch have enjoyed playing the Leafs this season, with three and two goals, respectively.

Toronto Maple Leafs

On the one hand, there’s little shame in falling to the Boston Bruins. The latter is an excellent hockey club. On the other hand, sooner or later the Maple Leafs have to find a way to exorcise the demons that are the scary bears from Beantown.

No matter the circumstances, no matter the lineups, no matter which way momentum has previously swung, Boston finds a way to out-duel Toronto. This might have been one of the more disappointing efforts by Sheldon Keefe’s ensemble. It rarely looked as if the Leafs were up to par against the Bruins. Lax defending allowed the Bruins the score twice in the first period and then again in the second, putting the hosts in a 3-0 hole. Blaming G Joseph Woll would be harsh. John Tavares (19th) eventually broke through with a fine wrister in the third, but that was all she wrote for the Maple Leafs on Monday.

Auston Matthews went pointless despite five shots on target. Bobby McMann also pounded Boston’s net with a quintet of tries.

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