Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (0-2-0) at Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +154 / Columbus Blue Jackets -171 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, MSGB
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres square off Monday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to get on the scoreboard after a quick 0-2 start to the year. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Ryan Johansen leads Columbus with one goal, Ryan Murray has an assist and Brandon Saad has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals on 47 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up one goal on seven shots. Bobrovsky has allowed four goals in three of his last five outings. David Clarkson is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The Buffalo Sabres are also looking for their first victory after a rough 0-2 start as well. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Nicolas Deslauriers leads Buffalo with one goal, Josh Gorges has an assist and Zemgus Girgensons has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their power play chances. Robin Lehner has allowed one goal on 12 shots and Chad Johnson has given up five goals on 40 shots. Johnson has allowed two or less goals in five of his last seven outings. Brian Gionta is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games. The Sabres are 18-43 in their last 61 home games and 10-43 in their last 53 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Although the Blue Jackets were flat out crushed in games against the Rangers, the Sabres are just not a good hockey team. Columbus should be able to get the job done on the road by picking up a feel good victory.