Anaheim Ducks (25-19-10) at Buffalo Sabres (14-29-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:
The Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Anaheim Ducks could use a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 19 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 25 assists and Corey Perry has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 100 goals on 1,277 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 30 goals on 385 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Buffalo Sabers could use a feel good victory after losing 12 of their last 17 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 20 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 98 goals on 1,140 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 58 goals on 498 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Ducks are 5-11 in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 11-5 in their last 16 Tuesday games. The Sabres are 7-20 in their last 27 home games, 5-11 in their last 16 Tuesday games and 15-43 in their last 58 overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 overall and the under is 7-2 in Ducks last 9 road games.
Nobody fades the Buffalo Sabers more than me, but this may be one of those rare spots to take them. The Anaheim Ducks have lost three straight, continue to struggle on the road and are on the end of a back to back, something they also don't handle well. The Buffalo Sabers have also won three of the last five meetings against the Anaheim Ducks, including each of the last two contests. I'll take a shot with the Sabres on their home ice.