Hurricanes vs. Sabres - 3/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (29-34-10) at Carolina Hurricanes (31-27-14)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, FSS
The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday night at the PNC Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Sam Reinhart has 16 assists and Evander Kane has 260 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 87 goals on 1,069 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 48 goals on 634 shots. Johnson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 108 goals on 1,168 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 75 goals on 788 shots. Ward has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Sabres are 7-21 in their last 28 games playing on 2 days rest and 24-54 in their last 78 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Sabres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
I don't back the Sabres on the road. That's not going to change here when Buffalo has lost five of its last six in Carolina. Look for the Canes to snap their four-game losing skid.