Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (1-1-0) at Calgary Flames (0-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -145 / Buffalo Sabres +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames meet in a NHL matchup Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a little consistency after playing two completely different games. The Sabres found their offense in a Sunday win over the Edmonton Oilers and hope that carries over to this contest. Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Moulson have combined for four goals and six points while Rasmus Ristolainen has four assists and seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are killing 100 percent of power plays and Robin Lehner has allowed six goals on 57 shots faced. The concern for Buffalo is that Lehner has allowed three or more goals in five of his last seven games. The good news for the Buffalo Sabres is that they’ve won four straight road games and are playing the second of a four-game road trip.
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The Calgary Flames are off to a slow 0-2-1 start and will try to get two points in their second home game. The Flames have struggled at both ends of the ice, but you have to point more of the blame at a Calgary defense that’s allowed 14 goals in three games. Chad Johnson and Brian Elliott have faced a combined 86 shots, and the Flames as a team are killing just 78.6 percent of power plays. The good news for the Flames is that the offense is holding its own with Michael Frolik and Troy Brouwer combining for four goals and 11 shots on goal, while Mikael Backlund has three assists and three points. However, much of that doesn’t matter if the Flames can’t get stops at the other end of the ice. The Calgary Flames have now lost 10 of their last 15 games.
The Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 34-82 in their last 116 road games. The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 overall. The home team is 18-4-1 in the last 23 meetings and Sabres are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Calgary.
As the trends point out, the home team has dominated the series between the Sabres and Flames, which includes wins in nine of the last 10 meetings. It's also only a matter of time before the Calgary Flames break out of their funk and get two points. It might as well come at home against a beatable club. I like the Flames to get the job done at home.