San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (0-2-1) at San Jose Sharks (0-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -204 / Buffalo Sabres +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, CSNCAL
The Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a strong road victory after a rough 0-2-1 start to the season. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with four goals, Jack Eichel has two assists and Jason Pominville has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 4.7 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up six goals on 65 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed seven goals on 38 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in five straight games.
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The San Jose Sharks are also looking for their first win of the season after a 0-2-0 start. The San Jose Sharks are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Labanc leads San Jose with two goals, Brenden Dillon has two assists and Brent Burns has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 4.5 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up eight goals on 59 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed zero goals on nine shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 regular season games.
The Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record, 46-111 in their last 157 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Sabres are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Jose, 10-2 in the last 12 meetings and the under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.
The Sabres have owned the Sharks over the years, which includes wins in 10 of the last 12 meetings. However, we've made a killing the last couple of seasons fading the Sabres on the road regardless of where or who they're playing. And given that the Sabres haven't been great at keeping the puck out of the back of the net, it doesn't feel like the time to switch up on that play. The price isn't good at all, but if forced to pick a side here, the Sharks at home sees like the right pick.