Sabres vs. Hurricanes - 3/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (31-26-11) at Buffalo Sabres (27-33-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, MSGB
The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for consistency after splitting their last 20 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 103 goals on 1,112 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 69 goals on 709 shots. Ward has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 20 goals, Sam Reinhart has 14 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 80 goals on 975 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 45 goals on 612 shots. Johnson has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 29-59 in their last 88 Saturday games and 7-20 in their last 27 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 42-91 in their last 133 vs. a team with a losing record and 16-40 in their last 56 home games. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I've been fading the Sabres since last season, and the money continues to pile up. Buffalo is just a dredful team that's tough to back even at home. While the Hurricanes are inconsistent, they're still better than the Sabres and should be able to get a nice win on the road.