Sabers vs. Leafs odds, prediction and best NHL pick for Monday

William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner celebrate a goal

March 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) celebrates with right wing Mitchell Marner (16) and center Auston Matthews (34) after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers in the second half at Scotiabank Arena had. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

  • Desperately in need of a win, the Sabers visit the Maple Leafs on Monday, March 13
  • In the hunt for a spot in the wild card playoffs in the East, Buffalo has lost four games in a row
  • Check out the Sabers vs Maple Leafs odds below, along with our best bet and prediction

The Buffalo Sabers are slipping at the wrong time of the season, trying to end their four-game slip when they drive a few hours over the limit to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, March 13 at the Scotiabank Arena to play. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET in a game viewable on MSG Buffalo in the US and Sportsnet in Canada.

Just two weeks ago, the Sabers had the seventh-best point percentage in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve since lost 1-5-1 and dropped four places overall. Needless to say, they need to get back on track quickly to stay on track with NHL playoff odds.

It won’t be easy going up against the Maple Leafs, who are 4th overall in the NHL at this point. Below are the Sabers vs Maple Leafs odds as well as our best bet and picks for this competition.

Sabers vs Maple Leafs odds

game time team puck line In total money line
Monday March 13th buffalo saber +1.5 (-118) O6.5 (-148) +198
19:30 o’clock Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 (-102) U 6.5 (+120) -245

With four straight home wins, the Maple Leafs are heavy favorites on Monday night’s 245-money line against Buffalo. During that four home game winning streak, the Leafs have won three of those contests by two or more goals.

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Sabers is desperate to end the NHL’s longest active playoff drought

Things could get worse for the Sabers as they prepare to face the Maple Leafs. After losing 2-1 in overtime to Rangers on Saturday, a number of defenders missed training on Sunday.

Rasmus Dahlin, who has had a season that placed him among contenders for Norris Trophy odds, is listed as a daily player, while promising blueliner newcomer Mattias Samuelsson will be out for an extended period.

The good news, Alex Tuch looks set to retire back into the lineup. Since he’s been out, the Sabers have only lost 2-5-1 and fallen down the Eastern Conference rankings.

A few weeks ago, things looked so encouraging for Buffalo as they seemed poised to end the longest active playoff drought in the league.

NHL Longest active playoff droughts

team Years Last playoff appearance
buffalo saber 11 2012
Detroit Red Wings 6 2017
Ottawa Senators 5 2018

Another troubling trend as they prepare for this clash with their Atlantic Division rivals is Buffalo’s recent lack of success when playing with just a day off. They are 1-5 in their last six in these situations, having started the year 19-9-3 when playing in these circumstances.

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Maple Leafs stars make their money

There’s been a lot of talk about the cap area taken up by Toronto’s top four forwards, but when they’re producing, as they did on Saturday in an entertaining 7-4 Maple Leafs win over the Oilers, that money appears to be well spent.

The quartet of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and William Nylander all scored in this win over Connor McDavid’s Oil, scoring 11 points combined. They are the reason buds always play a strong role in Stanley Cup odds.

Sheldon Keefe’s side have made it a habit to be promoted or relegated against their competition this year, so they would be careful not to face disappointment against a desperate Sabers side. Toronto defeated Buffalo the last two games this year and the teams went above the total NHL odds in both games.

Sabers vs Maple Leafs selection and prediction

When these teams last met, they ate the Sabers alive and took a 4-0 lead in the first half, eventually leading to a 6-3 win.

Sabers vs Maple Leafs parlay picks in the same game

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Saber under 2.5 regulatory targets -110
Maple Leafs over 3.5 regulatory targets -155

Not only are the Sabers struggling with injuries and a lost chute, they are also likely to face a goaltender who put the light out for the Leafs on home ice this year. Expected to take the call on the net, Ilya Samsonov has a 17-2-1 record at Scotiabank Arena this season with 2.01 goals against average and 0.926 save percent.

Needless to say, things are looking ominous for the Sabers as they approach this match. Our prediction is that the Maple Leafs will have their way against a struggling Sabers team that may have run out of gas a month early.

Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs puck line -1.5 (-103)

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