Coyotes vs. Sabres - 1/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (18-23-4) at Arizona Coyotes (22-17-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -149 / Buffalo Sabres +135 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, FSAZ
The Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes meet Monday night at the Gila River Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres are desperate for a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has 21 assists and Jack Eichel has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 62 goals on 762 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Arizona Coyotes look for another win after winning six of their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 16 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 20 assists and Max Domi has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 59 goals on 598 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 41 goals on 380 shots. Lindback has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Sabres are 33-75 in their last 108 games playing on 1 days rest and 23-71 in their last 94 road games. The Coyotes are 16-36 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings overall.
While the Sabres have had great success against the Coyotes in the past, this is still Buffalo on the road we're talking about. The Sabres continue to be awful on the road since last season and Arizona is in better form at the moment. I'll side with the home team here.