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Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (1-1-1) at Vancouver Canucks (2-0-0)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks -135 / Buffalo Sabres +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSGB

The Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks meet late Tuesday night in a NHL matchup at the Rogers Arena on MSGB.

The Buffalo Sabres look for a strong road victory after an OK 1-1-1 start to the season. The Sabres are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with three goals, Kyle Okposo has two assists and Matt Moulson has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has allowed 10 goals on 91 shots faced and has allowed two or more goals in 10 straight games. The Buffalo Sabres have won five of their last eight road games.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Vancouver Canucks look to keep the puck rolling and build on their impressive 3-0 start to the season. The Canucks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with two goals, Daniel Sedin has one assist and Brandon Sutter has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 1.7 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ryan Miller has given up zero goals on 25 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has allowed four goals on 46 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have now won five straight regular season home games. Ryan Miller is questionable for this game.

The Sabres are 12-39 in their last 51 Thursday games and 80-169 in their last 249 overall. The Canucks are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 7-20 in their last 27 Thursday games. The Sabres are 1-8-1 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver and the home team is 15-3-1 in the last 19 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres have been one of the worst road teams in the NHL the last couple of years and that includes playing in Vancouver where they've won just once in their last 10 tries. It's hard to argue with the way the Canucks have been playing out of the gate and they've won five straight at home dating back to last season. For the cheap price, I'm going to ride the hot hand and back Vancouver at home. 

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Vancouver Canucks -135

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