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Sabres vs. Avalanche - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (10-13-8) at Buffalo Sabres (13-17-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +110 / Colorado Avalanche -121 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT2, MSGB

The Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres play Saturday at the First Niagara Center.

The Colorado Avalanche have lost six of their last seven games and have dropped to the bottom of the Central. The Avalanche are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have two power play goals in their last seven games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 10 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 14 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Calvin Pickard has allowed 24 goals on 361 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has given up 47 goals on 517 shots.

Sabres vs. Avalanche - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Buffalo Sabres have won four of their last five games and playing some of their best hockey. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have three power play goals in their last five games and have won six straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with nine goals, Tyler Ennis has 14 assists and Matt Moulson has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 62 goals on 737 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 35 goals on 412 shots.

The Avalanche are 5-16 in their last 21 road games and 20-8 in their last 28 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 6-0 in their last 6 home games and 12-39 in their last 51 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Buffalo and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings overall. 

The Avalanche aren't playing their best hockey as of late but they've owned the Sabres over the years and have crushed losing teams consistently. Colorado and the cheap price is the play here. 

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Colorado Avalanche -121

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