Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers - 10/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (3-3-1) at Buffalo Sabres (1-3-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +101 / Florida Panthers -125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, MSGB
The Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres square off Saturday afternoon in a NHL game at the KeyBank Center.
The Florida Panthers could use a feel good road victory after losing four of their last five games. The Panthers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with five goals, Aleksander Barkov has three assists and Vincent Trocheck has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 86.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 11 goals on 131 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed six goals on 50 shots. The Florida Panthers have lost five straight regular season games when allowing three or more goals. Jussi Jokinen is questionable with an upper-body injury.
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The Buffalo Sabres could also use a victory to climb out of a rough 1-3-2 start to the season. The Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Moulson leads Buffalo with four goals, Ryan O'Reilly has three assists and Brian Gionta has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 12 goals on 111 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed six goals on 62 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed four goals in four of their first six games this season. Robin Lehner is questionable with an illness.
The Panthers are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Sabres are 42-87 in their last 129 games playing on 1 days rest and 18-41 in their last 59 Saturday games. The Panthers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Buffalo and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
Both teams in need of a feel good victory to kind of stop the bleeding. The Panthers are the better and more talented team than the Sabres and have owned Buffalo over the years. The Panthers have not only win 10 of the last 12 games against the Sabres, but Buffalo hasn't won a home game against Florida in nearly two years. I'll take the better team in the Panthers for the cheap price.