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Colorado Avalanche vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (6-17-4) at Colorado Avalanche (12-11-2)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -142 / Buffalo Sabres +129 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSGB, ALT

The Buffalo Sabers and Colorado Avalanche meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Buffalo Sabers are getting desperate for a victory after losing 11 of their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 11.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with 12 goals, Jack Eichel has 13 assists and Jason Pominville has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 52 goals on 537 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 34 goals on 290 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Avalanche could also use a win here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with nine goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 21 assists and Tyson Barrie has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 45 goals on 473 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 34 goals on 311 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Sabres are 15-39 in their last 54 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 14-37 in their last 51 overall. The Avalanche are 5-21 in their last 26 Tuesday games, 12-42 in their last 54 games playing on 1 days rest and 25-64 in their last 89 overall. The Sabres are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado, 2-11 in the last 13 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Neither of these teams are in good form to say the least, but the one thing I've done over the years in hockey is fade the Buffalo Sabers on the road, and it's paid off nicely. The Sabres are making a case as the worst team in the league and things aren't getting any better defensively. The Colorado Avalanche haven't had much more success, but they are at home and have owned the Sabres over the years. Give me the home team as another fade from Buffalo.

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