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Winnipeg Jets vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (10-21-9) at Winnipeg Jets (23-11-7)

NHL Hockey: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)

The Line: Winnipeg Jets / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MSGB

The Buffalo Sabers and Winnipeg Jets meet Friday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.

The Buffalo Sabers could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with 15 goals, Jack Eichel has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 76 goals on 903 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 43 goals on 362 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

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Winnipeg Jets vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Winnipeg Jets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 18 goals, Blake Wheeler has 34 assists and Mark Scheifele has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 76 goals on 980 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 29 goals on 287 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Sabres are 6-13 in their last 19 Friday games, 25-74 in their last 99 games playing on 0 days rest and 17-45 in their last 62 overall. The Jets are 20-6 in their last 26 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Winnipeg, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Winnipeg Jets have struggled with consistency as of late, but you guys know one of my go-to plays in the NHL is fading the Buffalo Sabres on the road. That doesn't change here with the Sabres losing nearly everywhere they play these days and on the end of a back to back, something they also have zero success on. Give me the Winnipeg Jets on their home ice.

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