Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 11/27/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (8-10-4) at Buffalo Sabres (8-12-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -116 / Carolina Hurricanes +105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, MSGB
The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes are desperate for a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.3 percent of their power plays. Justin Faulk leads Carolina with eight goals, Kris Versteeg has 12 assists and Victor Rask has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 39 goals on 417 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 18 goals on 144 shots. Ward has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres are also in need of a big victory after losing their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with seven goals, Tyler Ennis has seven assists and Jack Eichel has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their power play chances. Linus Ullmark has allowed 22 goals on 263 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 33 goals on 344 shots. Johnson has allowed five goals in his last three games. Tyler Ennis and Mark Pysyk are questionable.
The Hurricanes are 16-35 in their last 51 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 22-50 in their last 72 home games and 18-55 in their last 73 overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
We have two teams in a major slump and two teams that aren't used to winning games much this season. However, the Sabres do play better at home and the home team has controlled this series as of late. I'll side with Buffalo to be the team that ends its streak.