A six day lay off for the Toronto Maple Leafs gave them plenty of time to prepare for the New Jersey Devils.
A match-up against the least proficient road team is an ample opportunity to implement some things they've been working on in that extended practice time.
What probably made that break more frustrating was being shut out by Vancouver in the game prior to it. They are still amongst the East's best though and certainly in a much better position than tonight's opponents.
Six members of the Leafs are better off in the points rankings than the Devils' leading scorer Jaromir Jagr. New Jersey are one of four clubs putting up less than two goals per game.
Improving their five-on-five play has to be the priority for Pete DeBoer, with only three of his players just scraping in to plus ratings. His checking forward lines are perhaps most to blame as they are providing neither solid defence or some scoring relief. There's little to go off for an upset here, so take Toronto inside regulation.
It's apparently about as close as you'd get to a sure thing in the NHL, as the perfect home record of the league leading Anaheim Ducks is challenged by the 30th placed Buffalo Sabres.
Odds of 1.57 on a home win are as low as any team this season. Six days ago in the reverse fixture Corey Perry and Emerson Etem each bagged a pair to lead the Ducks to a 6-3 victory while goalie Jonas Hiller faced only 17 shots over the 60 minutes.
Not only are Anaheim yet to drop any points at Honda Center, they have also run up a grand total of 26 goals in six games. Compare that to the Sabres, who have 31 tallies in their 17 outings for the season.
Whilst it's pretty common knowledge by now that Ron Rolston has a remit to develop this club for the future rather than succeed immediately, the disconcerting efforts of highly paid defencemen Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff have to be cause for concern.
Throw in the fact Buffalo will also have last night's fatigue in their legs and back the Ducks to overcome a -2.5 goal handicap at 3.15.
Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to win at 1.92
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