Phoenix Coyotes vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/30/14
Buffalo Sabres (14-30-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (25-18-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Jobing.com Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Coyotes -200 / Buffalo Sabres +181 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sabres look to spoil the party in Phoenix as they head to the desert looking for just their sixth win on the road this season.
Buffalo is certainly a team in transition as they have had a number of franchise altering moves over the past season and a half and while things have been sombre this season they certainly look bright for the future. The Sabres head into Thursday’s encounter with the Coyotes coming off an overtime loss and while they earned a single point in the process they remain at the bottom of the league standings with just 36 points. The Sabres aren’t done making moves as it is likely that pending free agent Ryan Miller will get shipped out before season’s end and with a number of playoff contenders looking for an upgrade between the pipes Miller certainly fits the bill as he is having a great season. Buffalo has struggled both at home and away and while the Coyotes may not be the team they once were they are still in the running for the playoffs and they do play well at home.
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Phoenix has been the subject of the public eye over the past few seasons mainly for their off ice activity as the former financially strapped franchise that has since found new ownership was subject of relocation rumors for years. While the off ice distractions were on goi9ng they always seemed to find a way to perform on the ice and were one of the big surprises two years back as they upended the reigning Cup champions from Chicago and qualified for the Western Conference finals against the Kings. Phoenix isn’t living up to the billing this year but as I said they still have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs and even with backup Thomas Greiss in the crease I think they have a huge edge over the Sabres here. Expect a quick and simple effort from Phoenix as I think they cruise to victory behind a stellar effort from Greiss.