Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
The Sabres had their three-game winning streak snapped in their last game where they only scored two goals. In their win streak, they had scored 12 goals and their offense has been a good one on the season. While in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division they are nine points back of the Boston Bruins and they have the sixth-most points in the Eastern Conference.
The Maple Leafs have won three of their last four games and they are three points back of Buffalo in the Atlantic Division. They are much like the Sabres in that they have a solid offense, but the defense has not been great giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game.
When these teams played a home and home series late last month and early this one each team won at home.
Not Much Success Against TorontoWhile the Sabres won their home game against the Maple Leafs they had lost their previous six games against them. On top of that in their last 21 games facing them in Toronto, they only have four wins. In their last game, they lost to the New York Islanders 3-2 in OT where they only gave up 26 shots. Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist in the loss and Linus Ullmark (10-6-3 2.84 GAA) gave up three goals on 26 shots. Carter Hutton (6-5-4 3.05 GAA) is scheduled to be in goal in the game against the Leafs and the Sabres have lost his last nine starts and in two of his last three starts gave up at least five goals.
Eichel ranks 2nd in the league in goals and also leads the Sabres in points and assists. He has been in top form, to say the least scoring five goals in his last three games and in that span also has four assists. Three other players for Buffalo have at least 11 goals including Victor Olofsson, who has scored a goal in each of his last two games and has three goals and three assists in his last five games. On the season the Sabres are 6-8-4 on the road.
The Good Side of 4
The Maple Leafs beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in their last game while losing their previous game 4-2 to the Calgary Flames.
The Leafs have scored at least four goals in the three wins in their last four games and in those wins only gave up a total of four goals. In the win over Edmonton Pierre Engvall has two assists, Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist, and Frederik Andersen (16-8-3 2.49 GAA) made 36 saves. Anderson is slated to get the start against the Sabres and he is tied for the NHL lead in wins with Toronto winning three of his last four starts.
Auston Matthews leads the Leafs in both points and goals and he has not registered a point in his last two games but has three goals in his last five games. John Tavares has 13 goals on the season, and he has lit the lamp three times and has two assists in his last five games. The Leafs are back at home after a four-game road trip and they are 6-1 in their last seven games following a road trip of seven or more days.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs are:
- 16-4 in their last 20 home games against the Sabres
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Buffalo Sabres are:
- 7-13 in their last 20 games
- 1-5 in their last six road games