The Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview
The Buffalo Sabres look to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres lost to the Jets on Friday, 2-3. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.82 goals per game and are scoring on 10.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 7 goals, Casey Mittelstadt has 10 assists and Tage Thompson has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.24 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Devon Levi has given up 24 goals on 201 shots faced, while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has allowed 20 goals on 220 shots.
Chicago Blackhawks Betting Preview
The Chicago Blackhawks also look to snap a 3-game losing steak. The Blackhawks lost the Predators yesterday, 2-4. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.57 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor Bedard leads Chicago with 9 goals, Seth Jones has 7 assists and Ryan Donato has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 24 goals on 297 shots faced, and Arvid Soderblom has allowed 25 goals on 216 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres are the better team on paper and need to win these games if they're going to get out of the basement of the Atlantic and make anything of this season. However, at the moment, these teams are in the same boat. Neither can string wins together, the offenses are sluggish and they're riding 3-game losing streaks. The difference here is the Blackhawks are at home and we're getting plus money. Give me the Blackhawks.