Sabres vs. Jets - 3/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (31-37-6) at Buffalo Sabres (30-34-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -126 / Winnipeg Jets +114 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres square off Saturday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power plays. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 24 goals, Drew Stafford has 15 assists and Blake Wheeler has 229 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their power play chances. Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 72 goals on 776 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has given up 69 goals on 729 shots. Pavelec has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Sam Reinhart has 17 assists and Evander Kane has 265 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 89 goals on 1,096 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 48 goals on 634 shots. Johnson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Jets are 1-11 in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-13 in their last 18 games following a win. The Sabres are 45-93 in their last 138 vs. a team with a losing record and 15-41 in their last 56 Saturday games. The Jets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings overall.
Two inconsistent teams that have been struggling for much of the season. You have to give the edge to the Sabres on thier home ice, especially with the Jets losing 11 of their last 12 to Eastern teams.