Hockey odds are also going better for the Buffalo Sabres as they are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race with the hockey gambling odds.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night with a starting time of 7 PM ET and a telecast on NHLNET. Be sure and open your Sports Gambling account for this huge Eastern Conference showdown that has major playoff implications for both teams.
Buffalo had a hockey betting record of 30-25-7-1 and was 16-10-5 on the road. The Sabres went over the total in just 14 out of 31 away games. Buffalo has simply not been able to put together a consistent run at the playoffs but was only 3 points out of the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
Defense was the big problem for Buffalo as they ranked 19th for goals against average despite having the services of last year’s Team USA Olympic Hero Ryan Miller in goal. Miller had a 2.66 goals against average compared to 2.22 last year.
Miller posted 27 wins and 3 shutouts so far on the current season. Left winger Thomas Vanek led Buffalo with 23 goals and 29 assists while right winger Drew Stafford had 24 goals and 14 assists.
Toronto was written off for dead as far as their online hockey betting playoff prospects but they have rallied as of late and have shown good form with 6 payouts in 9 games from February 15 through March 3. The Maple Leafs went under the total in 6 of the final 8 games of that stretch. Toronto still ranked near the bottom of the NHL on both offense and defense.
The Leafs were ranked 25th for goal scoring and 23rd for goals against. Their power play ranked 24th and penalty killing ranked 25th. Left winger Clarke MacArthur led Toronto with 19 goals and 31 assists while rookie James Reimer was taking control in goal with a 2.28 goals against average and a 12-4-3 record with 2 shutouts.
Buffalo has had tremendous success at Toronto with 9 payouts in their last 10 visits. The two teams have gone under the hockey odds total in 6 of their last 7 meetings at Toronto.