Buffalo Sabres vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (18-11-4) at Buffalo Sabres (14-16-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +155 / Chicago Blackhawks -175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, MSGB
The Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres square off Saturday at the First Niagara Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 19 goals, Artemi Panarin has 20 assists and Artem Anisimov has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 54 goals on 745 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 21 goals on 228 shots. Crawford has allowed two goals in his last three games. Marcus Kruger is questionable with a wrist injury.
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The Buffalo Sabres look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 assists and Jack Eichel has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 46 goals on 558 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 34 goals on 382 shots. Johnson has allowed five goals in his last three games. Marcus Foligno is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Blackhawks are 4-10 in their last 14 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games. The Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 14-39 in their last 53 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
This is an early, early game so I usually give the edge to home team. When you add in the fact the Sabres have played really good at home recently, I'll take a shot with the big plus money here.