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Sabres vs. Panthers - 1/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (16-10-9) at Buffalo Sabres (14-21-3)

NHL Hockey: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, MSGB

The Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres play Friday night at the First Niagara Center.

The Florida Panthers have split their last eight games and begin a six-game road trip. The Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have three power play goals in their last five games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 13 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 15 assists and Brad Boyes has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 63 goals on 822 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 22 goals on 234 shots. The Panthers have lost five of their last eight road games.

Sabres vs. Panthers - 1/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Buffalo Sabres have lost six of their last seven games and remain last in the Atlantic. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have two power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Tyler Ennis has 15 assists and Matt Moulson has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 82 goals on 892 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 41 goals on 451 shots.

The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic and 28-62 in their last 90 road games. The Sabres are 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 16-47 in their last 63 games playing on 1 days rest. The Panthers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.

You guys know I've been on the Panthers all year and that's not going to change against a Sabres team that's been brutal for much of the year. Look for the Panthers to pick up the important win on the road. 

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