Sabres vs. Senators - 3/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (33-30-8) at Buffalo Sabres (28-33-10)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, MSGB
The Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Ottawa Senators look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 26 goals, Mark Stone has 36 assists and Bobby Ryan has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their power play chances. Craig Anderson has allowed 148 goals on 1,762 shots faced and Andrew Hammond has given up 49 goals on 535 shots. Anderson has allowed eight 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 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Sam Reinhart has 15 assists and Evander Kane has 252 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 82 goals on 1,005 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 48 goals on 634 shots. Johnson has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Senators are 6-16 in their last 22 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 39-83 in their last 122 games playing on 1 days rest and 17-41 in their last 58 home games. The Senators are 18-8 in the last 26 meetings in Buffalo and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
You guys know I do my best to avoid the Sabres, as this team has been unbackable for quite some time. The Seantors have beaten up on losing teams recently and have won 18 of their last 26 games in Buffalo. Give me the road team.