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Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs Preview

Toronto Maple LeafsBuffalo Sabres
Dec 16, 7:30 PM | First Niagara Center

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

16-11-3TEAM RECORD15-12-3

Hockey bettors look for value at First Niagara Center on Friday as host Buffalo battles the Toronto Maple Leafs in hockey odds action.

The Sabres are 15-12-3 so far on the season. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are 16-11-3. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Buffalo go 13-16-1 and the Maple Leafs go 18-12 on the totals.

View Toronto vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Maple Leafs were listed as +-135 underdogs on the hockey moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 999 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Sabres rated this week at No. 19 and the Maple Leafs sitting at No. 24.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 16-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.2 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 16.5% rate while the Maple Leafs have a 74.1% rate on the penalty kill.

The Maple Leafs were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at -175 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 3-2 loser at home against the Senators. Bettors on Ottawa at +135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Toronto Maple Leafs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing San Jose are 5-5-2
After playing Carolina are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Colorado are 7-3
After playing Ottawa are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Maple Leafs at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto's last 12 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Buffalo is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games at home
Buffalo is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Vancouver, Saturday, December 17
Buffalo at Pittsburgh, Saturday, December 17