Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres - 11/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (4-3-2) at Ottawa Senators (7-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -172 / Buffalo Sabres +138 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators clash Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Buffalo Sabres look for their third straight road victory to improve on their 4-4-2 start to the NHL season. The Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with four goals, Kyle Okposo has three assists and Matt Moulson has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 16 goals on 206 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed six goals on 95 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
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The Ottawa Senators look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 11.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with five goals, Ryan Dzingel has three assists and Erik Karlsson has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 16 goals on 224 shots faced and Andrew Hammond has allowed six goals on 29 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed just one goal in their last three games overall.
The Sabres are 36-85 in their last 121 road games and 54-112 in their last 166 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Ottawa and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Sabres have won two straight road games, but I'm still not ready to buy stock in Buffalo in the road given the larger sample size. The home team has won seven of the last 10 games between the Sabres and Senators, and and Ottawa has been playing better hockey overall at the moment. I have to side with the Senators here on their home ice.