The 2022 NHL Heritage Classic could resemble a winter wonderland as snow is in the forecast when the Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Buffalo Sabres in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday. The Maple Leafs (37-16-5) won their first two outdoor contests as they defeated Detroit in both the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and the 2017 Centennial Classic at BMO Field in Toronto. The team lost to Washington at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland in the 2018 Stadium Series, while Buffalo (19-32-8) has yet to win outdoors as it fell to Pittsburgh in a shootout at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the 2008 Winter Classic and the New York Rangers in overtime at Citi Field in Queens, New York in the same event 10 years later.

Opening faceoff from Tim Hortons Field is set for 4 p.m. ET. Toronto is the -320 favorite (risk $320 to win $100) in the latest Maple Leafs vs. Sabres odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total goals scored is 6.5. Before making any Sabres vs. Maple Leafs picks, check out the NHL Heritage Classic 2022 predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model simulates every NHL game 10,000 times. The proprietary computer model entered Week 22 a profitable 109-89 on all top-rated NHL picks this season, with a strong 89-66 record on top-rated NHL money-line picks, returning over $900 for $100 players. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Maple Leafs vs. Sabres in the NHL Heritage Classic 2022. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the latest NHL odds from and trends for Sabres vs. Maple Leafs: 

  • Maple Leafs vs. Sabres money line: Toronto -320, Buffalo +250
  • Maple Leafs vs. Sabres over-under: 6.5 goals
  • Maple Leafs vs. Sabres puck line: Toronto -1.5 (-110)
  • TOR: Toronto is 8-3 in its last 11 meetings with Buffalo
  • BUF: Buffalo is 1-7 in its last eight games on Sundays
Featured Game | Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Why you should back the Maple Leafs

Toronto is riding a three-game points streak after falling to Arizona 5-4 in overtime on Thursday. The Maple Leafs have scored at least four goals in each of their last four contests, amassing 19 in that span. Auston Matthews leads the NHL with 44 goals and is three away from matching the career high he set in 2019-20.

The 24-year-old Matthews is in the midst of a four-game streak during which he has scored seven goals. William Nylander has goals in back-to-back contests after tallying against the Coyotes, while Alexander Kerfoot and Pierre Engvall also scored on Thursday, giving the Maple Leafs 10 players with double-digit goal totals. Kerfoot added a pair of assists for his third three-point performance of the season. 

Why you should back the Sabres

Buffalo is coming off a 3-1 home victory against Vegas on Thursday, its third win in five contests. Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, who were acquired from the Golden Knights in the deal for Jack Eichel on Nov. 4, scored against their former team while Victor Olofsson also tallied. Krebs ended a 15-game drought with his goal and Tuch’s tally was his first in 11 contests, while Olofsson reached double figures for the third consecutive season.

Craig Anderson made 30 saves Thursday en route to his third victory in four outings. The win was the 300th of the 40-year-old’s career, making him the 39th goaltender in NHL history to reach the plateau. Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson share the team lead with 23 goals, and both scored in the Sabres’ 5-1 victory at Toronto on March 2.

How to make Sabres vs. Maple Leafs picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the goal total. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Maple Leafs vs. Sabres? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the money line to jump on Sunday, all from the advanced model that has crushed its NHL picks.