Blackhawks vs. Sabres Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 1/17/23

Buffalo Sabres (21-19-2) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (11-26-4)
January 17, 2023 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +146 / Buffalo Sabres -176; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Tuesday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


The Buffalo Sabres are road favorites with a ML price of -176 while the Chicago Blackhawks are +146 home underdogs. The total for this game is set at 6.5 goals.


The Buffalo Sabres don’t have any new injuries added to the injury report, while the Chicago Blackhawks’ only listed injuries are Jujhar Khaira who is out indefinitely with a back injury and Jarred Tinordi, who is out until early February with a face injury.

Matchup history

Buffalo has won three straight games against the Blackhawks after their 4-3 OT win over Chicago in this season’s lone meeting back on October 29th, 2022.


Buffalo is 48-102 in their last 150 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 12-5 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 6-45 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record and 15-43 in their last 58 games overall while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record.


I get the case to be made for a home underdog, but Chicago isn’t a case I’m willing to make that exception for. The Blackhawks are simply a dumpster fire, and are a team I’ll be looking to fade pretty much the rest of the season. I expect it to get blown up for Chicago at the deadline. The goaltending’s awful and there just isn’t enough to make up for the defensive shortcomings for the Blackhawks. Give me the Sabres.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Buffalo -176

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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