Sabres vs. Sharks - 11/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (10-8-2) at Buffalo Sabres (4-13-2)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +239 / San Jose Sharks -265 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, NBCSN
The San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres play Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center.
The San Jose Sharks have split their last four games and are still trying to climb up the Pacific division. The Sharks offense continues to struggle, producing two or less goals in their last five games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game on the season and are 2-6 this season when scoring less than three goals. And while the Sharks do have one of the better power play offenses in the league, they’ve been held scoreless in their last four games. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with eight goals, Brent Burns has 11 assists and Logan Couture has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, Troy Grosenick has allowed zero goals on 45 shots and Antti Niemi has given up 37 goals on 444 shots faced. This game ends a seven-game road trip for the Sharks.
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The Buffalo Sabres are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time all season. Don’t look now, but the Sabres have produced nine goals in their last two games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging a league worst 1.5 goals per game on the season and are 1-16 this season when scoring three or less goals. Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons have combined for 12 goals, Drew Stafford has eight assists and Chris Stewart has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, Michal Neuvirth has allowed 27 goals on 329 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 38 goals on 370 shots faced. The Sabres have allowed a power play goal in three of their last four games and have scored just four pp goals all season.
The Sharks are 5-11 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Sabres are 15-36 in their last 51 home games and 16-35 in their last 51 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Buffalo and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings overall.
This line is absolutely insane considering the Buffalo Sabres have beaten the San Jose Sharks in each of the last seven meetings. Given the value and the history, I'm going to take a shot in the dark here with the Buffalo Sabres.