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Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (1-2-0) at Florida Panthers (2-1-0)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers -201 / Buffalo Sabres +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSGB, FSFL

The Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers square off Thursday night at the BB&T Center.

The Buffalo Sabres look to get back to a .500 record with their first road victory. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with two goals, Matt Moulson has two assists and Evander Kane has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their power play chances. Robin Lehner has allowed one goal on 12 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up seven goals on 64 shots. Johnson has allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight outings. Brian Gionta is questionable with a lower-body injury.

Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers look to remain unbeaten at home and pick up their third victory of the year. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Reilly Smith leads Florida with two goals, Vincent Trocheck has three assists and Aleksander Barkov has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing one goal per game and are killing 90.9 percent of their power play chances. Al Montoya has allowed one goal on 23 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up two goals on 72 shots. Luongo has allowed two or less goals in five of his last eight outings.

The Sabres are 15-38 in their last 53 vs. a team with a winning record and 10-44 in their last 54 road games. The Panthers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 14-40 in their last 54 games following a win. The Sabres are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Sabres are simply unbackable on the road. We're talking about a Buffalo Sabres squad that's won just 10 of 54 road game. No thanks. Give me the Panthers by more than one goal to increase the value of the bet. 

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Florida Panthers -1.5

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