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Toronto Maple Leafs host Buffalo Sabres in hockey action

Buffalo Sabres

Toronto Maple Leafs
10-24-3 December 27, 2013, 07:30 PM | Air Canada Centre 18-16-5

The visiting Sabres hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This season the Maple Leafs are 18-16-5 overall while the Sabres are 10-24-3. As for the totals, Toronto is 18-20-1 on the OU, and Buffalo is 10-20-7.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Maple Leafs in this one found them earlier as -165 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

This game puts the Maple Leafs, most recently No. 20 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Sabres, who rate a No. 30 in the latest survey.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Coyotes on December 23. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Maple Leafs were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 2.72 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.84 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs power play is averaging 22.4% while the Sabres defense kills off 81.36% of their penalties.

A few Sabres at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
Buffalo is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Buffalo is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Toronto is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo home to Washington, Sunday, December 29th
Toronto home to Hartford , Sunday, December 29th