Preview: Toronto at Buffalo

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
Matchup Edge
TOR Edge in: BUF
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Buffalo Sabres look to earn a split of the four-game season series when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Buffalo also is seeking consecutive wins for the first time in over a month after posting a 4-1 triumph at Arizona on Monday. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros registered his second straight two-goal performance and captain Brian Gionta added a tally and an assist as the Sabres halted their five-game slide.

Toronto is aiming for its first three-game winning streak since mid-December as it closed out its four-game homestand with victories over Ottawa and Tampa Bay. Nazem Kadri scored a goal and set up another while James Reimer made 40 saves Tuesday as the Maple Leafs earned a split of their four-game season series against the Lightning, with the home team capturing each contest. The trend has been the same in the set versus the Sabres, as Toronto won both matchups at Air Canada Centre while dropping a 6-2 decision in Buffalo on Nov. 15.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, RSN (Toronto), MSG (Buffalo)

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (29-42-6): Reimer has made back-to-back starts for the first time since early February but likely will give way to Jonathan Bernier on Wednesday. TJ Brennan notched an assist against the Lightning, his first point in five games with Toronto. The 25-year-old defenseman, who was selected in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Sabres, has collected four goals and eight assists in 45 career contests with Buffalo, Florida and the Maple Leafs.

ABOUT THE SABRES (21-47-8): Meszaros has recorded four goals over his last two games after scoring three in his first 52 contests this season. The 29-year-old Slovakian has not reached double digits in tallies since netting 10 as a rookie with Ottawa in 2005-06. Defenseman Mike Weber looks to join Don Luce (1975) and Pat LaFontaine (1995) as Sabres who have won the Bill Masterton Trophy after being named Buffalo's nominee for the award on Tuesday.

OVERTIME

1. The Sabres haven't won consecutive games since defeating Columbus and Vancouver on Feb. 24 and 26, respectively.

2. Toronto's last three-game winning streak occurred from Dec. 13-16, when it swept a brief homestand against Detroit, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

3. The Maple Leafs are 8-28-3 since the beginning of January.

PREDICTION: Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Toronto 29-42-3-3 W2 21-17-1-0 8-25-2-3 1-2-0-0 28-40-3-3 12-12-1-1
Buffalo 21-47-3-5 W1 12-20-2-3 9-27-1-2 2-3-0-0 19-44-3-5 9-16-2-2

Last Meeting

Toronto Buffalo
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/11/15 BUF 3 TOR 4 34 30 1-5 33 31 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
TOR D. Booth 1
BUF T. Ennis 3
Goals Player  
TOR T. Bozak 1
BUF T. Ennis 1
Assists Player  
TOR D. Booth 1
BUF T. Ennis 2
Saves Player  
TOR J. Bernier 30
BUF A. Lindback 31
Season
Total Points Player  
TOR P. Kessel 57
BUF T. Ennis 42
Goals Player  
TOR P. Kessel 24
BUF T. Ennis 19
Assists Player  
TOR P. Kessel 33
BUF M. Moulson 27
Saves Player  
TOR J. Bernier 1471
BUF A. Lindback 324

Quickchart Matchup

Toronto Off vs  Buffalo Def
2.56 GF
3.29 GA
29.2 Shots
35.4 Shots
45 PP
63 PK
Buffalo Off vs  Toronto Def
1.84 GF
3.14 GA
23.9 Shots
33.2 Shots
27 PP
48 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 122 -135
107
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag 115 -135
100
5.5
Sportsbook.ag 115 -135
100
5.5
5Dimes
120
-130
110
5.5
GTbets.eu 115 -135
105
5.5
Top Bet 110 -130
105
5.5
BetOnline.ag 120 -133
107
5.5
BetDSI 105 -125
100
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com 104 -136
-105
5.5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker 105 -125
100
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate 115 -125
100
5.5
Wynn Las Vegas OFF OFF OFF
Boyd Gaming 105
-125
100
5.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Toronto Overall Buffalo
29-42-3-3 W/L 21-47-3-5
42-35 ATS 41-35
36-39 O/U 33-35
2.56 Goals For 1.84
3.14 Goals Agnst 3.29
Toronto A/H Buffalo
8-25-2-3 W/L 12-20-2-3
20-18 ATS 24-13
14-22 O/U 14-19
1.92 Goals For 1.84
3.16 Goals Agnst 2.84
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