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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (9-19-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (15-12-7)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MSGB, FSS

The Buffalo Sabers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Buffalo Sabers could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with 14 goals, Jack Eichel has 17 assists and Jason Pominville has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 65 goals on 754 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 39 goals on 324 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Hurricanes also need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 12 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 17 assists and Sebastian Aho has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 68 goals on 655 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 31 goals on 349 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Sabres are 0-6 in their last 6 Saturday games, 25-73 in their last 98 games playing on 0 days rest and 15-42 in their last 57 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Sabres are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Carolina, 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 8-3-4 in the last 15 meetings.

I've faded the Buffalo Sabers on the road the last couple of years, and it's paid off in a big way. That's not going to change here given their current form and the fact they're on the end of a back to back. The Carolina Hurricanes have been inconsistent and aren't good defensively, but they have piled up victories at home and have outscored the Sabres 13-7 in the last three meetings. I'll take Carolina on its home ice here.

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