Avalanche vs. Sabres - 1/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (19-23-4) at Colorado Avalanche (23-21-3)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -155 / Buffalo Sabres +140 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, ALT
The Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.
The Buffalo Sabres need a nice win after losing six of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Jack Eichel has 15 assists and Sam Reinhart has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 63 goals on 789 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 22 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 23 assists and Jarome Iginla has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 83 goals on 939 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Sabres are 34-75 in their last 109 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-20 in their last 28 Wednesday games. The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 Wednesday games. The Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Colorado and 0-9 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Sabres have been unbackable on the road forever, and we've made great money fading them. That doesn't change here against a Colorado team that's good at hom. I'll eat the juice here.