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Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres 1/1/23 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Buffalo Sabres (18-14-2) vs. Ottawa Senators (16-17-3)
January 1, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ottawa Senators -137 / Buffalo Sabres +111; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to add to their six-game win streak after a 4-3 OT win over Boston last time out. Tage Thompson has a team-high 51 points with 27 goals and 24 assists while Rasmus Dahlin has 38 points with 10 goals and a team-high 28 assists. Jeff Skinner has 38 points with 17 goals and 21 assists and Alex Tuch has 39 points with 17 goals. Dylan Cozens also has 34 points with 22 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 7-4-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .922 save percentage so far in goal for Buffalo this season.

The Ottawa Senators will try to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Detroit in their last game. Brady Tkachuk leads the Senators in scoring with 38 points including a team-high 13 goals and 25 assists while Alex DeBrincat has 36 points with 13 goals and 23 assists this season. Claude Giroux also has 32 points with 15 goals of his own and 17 assists while Drake Batherson has 35 points with 12 goals and 23 assists this season. Anton Forsberg’s gone 5-8-2 with a 3.23 GAA and a .906 save percentage while Cam Talbot is 10-9-1 with a 2.74 GAA and a .911 save percentage this season.

Buffalo is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 division games. Ottawa is 4-1 in their last 5 division games and 18-49 in their last 67 games played on no rest while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m backing the under here. The last five meetings have all gone under the total this season and the home team’s won each of the two meetings this season by an identical 4-1 final score. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had another one of those results but either way I have to keep riding the under here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Under 6.5

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