Chicago Blackhawks vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/8/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (7-17-4) at Chicago Blackhawks (12-11-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -180 / Buffalo Sabres +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, CSNC
The Buffalo Sabers and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Buffalo Sabers could use a big road victory here after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 11.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with 13 goals, Jack Eichel has 14 assists and Jason Pominville has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 54 goals on 574 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 34 goals on 290 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks also need a victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Artem Anisimov leads Chicago with 12 goals, Patrick Kane has 17 assists and Jonathan Toews has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 46 goals on 660 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 24 goals on 254 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six straight games.
The Sabres are 16-39 in their last 55 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 14-37 in their last 51 overall. The Blackhawks are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Sabres are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, 0-11 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
If you've been following me over the years, you know one of my go-to bets in the NHL is fading the Buffalo Sabres on the road. Well, here we are. Only in this spot, the Sabres can't seem to win anywhere they play, and the defense continues to be downright awful. The Blackhakws are having struggles of their own, but it's only a matter of time before things get turned around. This is a good spot to snap that five-game losing streak.