Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres 12/27/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Buffalo Sabres (16-14-2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (10-21-2)
December 27, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +146 / Buffalo Sabres -182; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. The Buffalo Sabres have won 4 straight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 6 straight games.

The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 29.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 26 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 27 assists and Jeff Skinner has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 73.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Eric Comrie has given up 38 goals on 336 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 33 goals on 425 shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 11 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 24 assists and Patrik Laine has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.1 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 37 goals on 388 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 55 goals on 403 shots.

The Sabres are 45-101 in their last 146 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Blue Jackets are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 15-37 in their last 52 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Sabres last 6 overall. The under is 11-4 in Blue Jackets last 15 overall. The Sabres are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Don’t look now, but the Buffalo Sabres entered the break on a little heater and their defense has been leading the charge. The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to pile up the losses, their defensive effort has yet to improve, and playing at home hasn’t helped all that much. It’s hard to get behind the Blue Jackets these days, especially when only 4 teams have lost more money for bettors this season. Give me the Sabres.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Buffalo Sabres -182

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