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Leafs Get Blanked In Nashville
The current three-date excursion of the Toronto Maple Leafs (43-25-5) started with a 0-2-0 record after the team followed up Saturday’s 6-2 defeat at the Ottawa Senators with a 3-0 blanking by the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on yesterday. With that, the Leafs have now been shut out five times this season and twice by the Preds. The team has lost four of its past five outings (1-4-0) and sits 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 91 points from 73 contests, trailing the 2nd-placed Boston Bruins by three points.
"It would be a game you'd like to win because you thought the team put in the effort and did things right and stayed patient. To me, it's just the process. If you do good things, good things happen. This was a real good step for us"
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 20, 2019
Goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 saves in Nashville, taking his current performance total to 34-15-4 for the season with a 2.73 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He is 10-3-0 versus Buffalo in previous encounters with a 2.34 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while Garret Sparks (7-7-1 on the year with a 3.24 GAA and a .902 save percentage) has recorded a 1-1-1 past tally against the Sabres with a 2.31 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Maple Leafs are 4th in most goals scored per game (3.55), 16th in most goals conceded on average (3.00), 7th in power play (22.8%) and 11th in penalty kill (81.1%).
Sabres Split A Back-To-Back
The Buffalo Sabres (31-32-9) collected two points from a back-to-back set over the weekend, splitting the stretch in a matter of 22 hours. The team extended its losing streak to seven contests (0-6-1) after being beaten with a count of 4-2 by the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday, but managed to end the skid the following day by notching a 4-3 shootout triumph against the St. Louis Blues at KeyBank Center on Sunday. It was Buffalo’s third victory in the last 16 outings (3-11-2), as the team trails the playoff crowd of the Eastern Conference by 13 points, sitting 6th in the Atlantic Division with 71 points from 72 contests.
"The potential for him is so high."
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— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 19, 2019
Goalie Carter Hutton, who made 30 saves versus St. Louis, has gone 17-20-5 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.88 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has recorded a perfect 3-0-0 past total against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 2.61 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Sabres, meanwhile, are scoring the 8th lowest number of goals per game (2.71), while conceding the 9th highest amount on the defensive end (3.19). They are 18th in power play with an 18.0% conversion rate and 9th in penalty kill with 81.5% efficiency.
- Sabres are 19-7 in their last 26 meetings with Maple Leafs in Buffalo.
- Maple Leafs are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Maple Leafs are 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Maple Leafs have lost four of their past five outings. Goalie Garret Sparks, who is most likely to start in Buffalo, has dropped his previous four decisions. And then there is the awful recent record of Toronto when playing the second contest of a back-to-back stretch, delivering five defeats on the last six occasions. All that is great news for the Sabres, who have already beaten the Maple Leafs in 19 of their past 26 encounters in Buffalo.
Prediction: Buffalo Sabres
Full-Game Total Pick
The very last four meetings between the pair have raked in at least seven snipes each. So, go with the Over in this one. The Maple Leafs have already gone past the set goal-mark in their last seven matchups with opponents from the Eastern Conference, while four of the previous five contests of the Sabres, following a win, have all delivered quite a substantial amount of markers.
Prediction: Over 6.5