Buffalo Sabres (4-4-0) at Anaheim Ducks (5-2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -230 / Buffalo Sabres +170 --- Over/Under:
The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Buffalo Sabres look to build on their 4-4-0 record when they end what has been a five-game road trip. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 1.9 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with three goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has three assists and Conor Sheary has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 69.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up zero goals on 36 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 19 goals on 202 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed two or less goals in four of their last seven games.
The Anaheim Ducks look for a bounce back victory here after splitting their last six games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with three goals, Hampus Lindholm has five assists and Max Comtois has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing two goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 11 goals on 213 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed two goals on 37 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their first eight games.
The Sabres are 8-21 in their last 29 Sunday games, 28-78 in their last 106 games playing on 0 days rest and 62-139 in their last 201 road games. The Ducks are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference, 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 54-23 in their last 77 Sunday games. The Sabres are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings, the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Both of these teams are playing on the end of a back to back, but it's the Anaheim Ducks who have been the most impressive out of the gate and have been consistent on the defensive end. The Buffalo Sabres have been better than expected through eight games, but they have yet to put together two straight games of solid defense and teams usually struggle when playing their last leg of a lengthy road trip. I'll take the Ducks and the puck line here.