Buffalo Sabres (3-7-2) at Arizona Coyotes (1-11-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 2, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -102 / Buffalo Sabres -108 --- Over/Under: 6
The NHL comes to Gila River Arena when the Arizona Coyotes host the Buffalo Sabres.
The Buffalo Sabres have been struggling to begin the season and need a change in momentum quickly. Buffalo looks to avoid a three game skid following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
San Jose opened the scoring at 9:12 of the first period on an unassisted tally off the stick of Joonas Donskoi. The Sabres tied it on a goal from Ryan O’Reilly less then three minutes in to the second on the power play. Buffalo took a 2-1 lead on Jason Pominville’s goal at 14:51 before Chris Tierney tied it with a mere 12 seconds left in the period.
Logan Couture netted the game winner for San Jose at 16:08 of the final period to make the 31 save performance of Aaron O’Dell a winner. Robin Lehner took the loss for Buffalo with all three goals allowed on 31 shots to fall to 2-4-1.
The Arizona Coyotes look for their second win of the season when the Buffalo Sabres visit on Thursday. Arizona ended a five game road trip to the east coast with a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
The Coyotes failed in their attempt at back to back wins with their defense unable to contain the Red Wings. The balanced Detroit attack featured scoring from Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening, Anthony Mantha and Darren Helm to make a winner of Jimmy Howard and his 30 stops.
The Coyotes offense came off the sticks of Jason Demers, Nick Cousins and Clayton Keller with Keller adding an assist. Scott Wedgewood was saddled with the Arizona loss with four goals allowed on 39 shots.
Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific and Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Over is 6-0-1 in Coyotes last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 8-0 in Coyotes last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 4-0-1 in Coyotes last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and Sabres are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona and Sabres are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Sabres have done extremely well when facing the Coyotes but they are not world beaters and difficult to back. I’ll go with Buffalo pending goalie confirmation…