Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (25-16-3) at Buffalo Sabres (10-24-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +136 / Columbus Blue Jackets -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, MSGB, TSN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabers meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 14 goals, Artemi Panarin has 25 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 87 goals on 1,111 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 26 goals on 271 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
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The Buffalo Sabers need a feel good victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Evander Kane has 19 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 87 goals on 964 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 50 goals on 420 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in each of their last eight games.
The Blue Jackets are 23-7 in their last 30 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 Thursday games. The Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 16-37 in their last 53 vs. Eastern Conference and 13-39 in their last 52 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't had much success on the road recently, but the Buffalo Sabres have been downright awful over the last several weeks and are unbackable in their current form. The Sabres get killed defensively every time they take the ice, and playing at home hasn't helped much. Columbus has also scored at least three goals in each of the last six meetings against Buffalo. Give me the Blue Jackets to get the road victory.