Buffalo Sabres (13-14-2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-10-2)
December 15, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -222 / Buffalo Sabres +178; Over/Under: +6
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Thursday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to build on a 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings in their last game. Tage Thompson has a team-high 44 points with 23 goals and 21 assists while Rasmus Dahlin has 33 points with 9 goals and a team-high 24 assists. Jeff Skinner has 32 points with 13 goals and 19 assists and Alex Tuch has 30 points with 14 goals. Dylan Cozens also has 30 points with 20 assists and Victor Olofsson also has 13 goals this season. Eric Comrie’s gone 4-7 with a 3.62 GAA and an .887 save percentage while Craig Anderson’s 6-4-1 with a 2.71 GAA and a .921 save percentage so far in goal for Buffalo this season.
The Colorado Avalanche will try to build on their 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last time out. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs in scoring with 36 points including a team-high 19 goals and 17 assists while Nathan MacKinnon has 34 points with a team-high 26 assists, but continues to miss time due to injury. Cale Makar has 25 points with 19 assists as well this season. Alexandar Georgiev is 11-5-2 with a 2.65 GAA and a .920 save percentage while Pavel Francouz is 4-5 with a 2.80 GAA and a .913 save percentage between the pipes for Colorado this season.
Buffalo is 6-13 in their last 19 games overall and 42-101 in their last 143 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Colorado is 65-20 in their last 85 home games and 83-36 in their last 119 games overall while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games following a win.
I get the reasoning for backing the Avs at home, but this Avs team is still banged up and I’m really not looking to back them in their current form. The Sabres haven’t always been getting the wins, but they’ve been competitive and I think they could give the Avs a game the same way Philadelphia did. I look for this to be a tight game, so give me the Sabres +1.5 here.