Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres
Coming off a very tough 2-1 to Pittsburgh last night the Leafs take the short ride across the border and will likely bring a sizeable number of fans with them to Niagara Center. Strong form from their lead forwards had taken them to three straight before that contest yesterday and if they look at in perspective of going close against a good side, Randy Carlyle shouldn't let it take the wind out of their sails.
That's especially true when playing the NHL's bottom club, it should be two points in the bank though it's up to them to make potential complacency a non-issue. Somewhat embarrassingly though the Leafs actually found them a slight bogey team last season but that angle has already been shut down this season by the 4-0 win on the 28th of October when Buffalo mustered just 10 shots on Jonathan Bernier. Ten, that's just incomprehensible in today's NHL.
Right now they haven't won in five and have just the solitary victory in regulation on the season. Even at home the Sabres are sat way out on 3.85 and I can't endorse them the numbers are just too bad, so take the Leafs over the handicap to find some extra value.
Ottawa Senators at Calgary Flames
After snapping a week-long winless stretch the Senators move onto Calgary in search of points that will keep them on pace in the Atlantic. Paul MacLean's men only just managed to get the victory on Thursday after coughing up a 3-0 lead to eventually win in overtime and their last few tilts have been extremely open containing a total of 22 goals. Rookie Mike Hoffman grabbed that instant winner and ties with Clarke MacArthur for the team lead on seven goals. He's fast and energetic, and making the most of his first full season in the major league.
Calgary bounced back from being a big letdown on Monday night to cruise by Arizona in this very arena a few nights ago, and the goals are still flowing inspired by captain Mark Giordano running the show. Although the bar is set lower than usual because of the two clubs involved, the over 5.5 total goal line has to be taken at 1.98. It'll be an entertaining watch either way and as the Senators have often been fortunate out on the road I believe Calgary are the right choice here at 2.30.
Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to overcome -1.5 goal handicap at 2.48.