Sabres vs. Avalanche - 2/14/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (29-25-4) at Buffalo Sabres (22-28-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, MSGB
The Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres meet Sunday at the First Niagara Center.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a nice win after losing five of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 25 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 25 assists and Jarome Iginla has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 98 goals on 1,185 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres look for back to back wins for the fourth time since January. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Jack Eichel has 21 assists and Sam Reinhart has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 76 goals on 906 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Sabres are 15-37 in their last 52 home games and 34-79 in their last 113 games playing on 1 days rest. The Avalanche are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 10-1 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Sabres have beaten the Avalanche just once in the last 11 meetings, and they're not a team you want to make a habit of betting on overall. While Colorado isn't playing much better, it has been decent on the road as of late and is the better team here.