The QEW rivalry continues as the Toronto Maple Leafs head to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Both teams are looking to bounce back from tough losses on Tuesday, adding extra motivation to tonight’s game. Toronto enters as -140 road favorites, a slight decrease from the -160 range just a day ago. The Maple Leafs (16-7-6 SU, 8-21 ATS, 17-11-1 O/U) are coming off their first regulation loss since November 25th, with a 5-2 defeat against the New York Rangers. Despite the setback, Toronto has been in strong form recently, going 6-0-3 in their last nine games. The team has also seen players returning from injury, giving hope for a strong performance tonight.
On the other hand, the Buffalo Sabres (13-17-3 SU, 17-16 ATS, 14-18-1 O/U) have been a disappointment this season. Despite hopes of building on last year’s postseason push, the Sabres have struggled to find consistency. With only three wins in their last 11 games, Buffalo will be looking to turn things around tonight.
The last matchup between these teams saw the Sabres come out on top, with a strong performance from several players. The projected lineups for tonight’s game show little change for the Maple Leafs and a shakeup for the Sabres, with two forwards returning from injury. In goal, Ilya Samsonov will likely start for the Maple Leafs, while Devon Levi is expected to start for the Sabres.
With Buffalo historically playing well against Toronto, the Sabres have won six of the last 10 games and covered the puck line in seven of those games. The total goals over has also been hit in seven of those matches. However, the Leafs’ recent road record of 5-5 may give Buffalo an advantage.
In terms of player prop trends, Auston Matthews has been in strong form with 11 goals in his last seven games. On the Sabres’ end, players like Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittlestadt have been leading the team in scoring.
For betting, John Tavares has historically performed well against the Sabres, making him a potential option for player props. Additionally, a boosted same-game parlay on bet365 featuring Tavares, Matthews, and Tage Thompson hitting 3+ shots on goal could be worth considering.
Overall, the Battle of the QEW continues as the Maple Leafs and Sabres face off tonight. Both teams will be looking to put on a strong performance and secure a much-needed win.