Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, led by Mitchell Marner and John Tavares, are set to take the ice against Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, and the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center for an Atlantic Division tilt. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 4, and you are able to watch the game live on NBC Sports Network.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres Odds

Toronto is 19-8 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. 13 of its matches have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just three have pushed. This 2018-19 Maple Leafs team is 10-3 SU on the road.

Toronto has converted on 28.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.3 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 30.9 saves per game with a .931 save percentage, Frederik Andersen (15-7) has been the primary option in goal for Toronto this season. If head coach Mike Babcock chooses to rest him, however, the team could turn to Garret Sparks (4-1 record, .924 save percentage, 2.57 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Buffalo is 17-11 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 10.6 units this season. 13 of its games have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 9-3 SU as the home team this year.

The Sabres have converted on just 18.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Carter Hutton has stopped 28.0 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Sabres. Hutton has 12 wins, nine losses, and one OT loss and has registered a .917 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average this year.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner \u2013 Sabres, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Notes

  • A large majority (78.9 percent) of Toronto’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 15-7 overall in games decided by at least two scores. 7 of Buffalo’s wins (41.2 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The Maple Leafs are 7-3 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-8 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • The total has gone under in four of Buffalo’s last five outings.
  • Toronto has averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 12.1 giveaways per game (ranked 26th overall).
  • Buffalo is ranked 13th this season with 9.2 giveaways per game. That figure has trended higher lately, as it’s averaged 10.2 giveaways over its last 10 games and 12.8 giveaways over its last five.