Sabres open as moneyline underdog vs Maple Leafs
Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
The Maple Leafs get a visit from the Buffalo Sabres in hockey action on Monday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.
The Maple Leafs sport records of 1-0 heading into this matchup, while the Sabres sit at 1-0 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-1 for the Maple Leafs and 1-0 for the Sabres.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Sabres listed as underdogs of +-116 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Maple Leafs at No. 26 and the Sabres at No. 20 heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 17-ranked offense (2 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 9 at 2 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs powerplay has clicked at a 40% rate while the Sabres have a 75% rate on the penalty kill.
The Sabres were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
In their last action, Toronto was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Toronto at +125 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
Toronto Maple Leafs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing San Jose are 5-5-1
After playing Montreal are 6-4
After a win are 3-7
A few Sabres at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games
Buffalo is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Buffalo's last 12 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games at home
Toronto is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games when playing at home against Buffalo
Buffalo at Carolina, Thursday, January 24
Toronto at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 23