Anaheim Ducks (19-13-5) at Buffalo Sabres (20-11-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -127 / Anaheim Ducks -103 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Anaheim Ducks look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Pontus Aberg leads Anaheim with 11 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 20 assists and Rickard Rakell has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 71 goals on 959 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 23 goals on 294 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a victory here after splitting their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 25 goals, Jack Eichel has 32 assists and Sam Reinhart has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 61 goals on 739 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 35 goals on 410 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Ducks are 6-2 in their last 8 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The Sabres are 8-3 in their last 11 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Ducks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo. The over is 6-1 in Sabres last 7 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Ducks last 4 overall. The under is 38-17-1 in Ducks last 56 road games.
The Anaheim Ducks are rolling right now and should probably be the pick here given the slightly cheaper price. However, the Buffalo Sabres are on the end of a back to back and have been struggling pretty much all month long, but they also played a solid game last night against the Washington Capitals, which could be a turning point in getting this club back on track. The Sabres have still been a productive team despite these recent losses. I'll back Buffalo at home.