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Buffalo Sabres vs. Calgary Flames - 10/30/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Calgary Flames (6-5-1) at Buffalo Sabres (6-4-1)
Date & Time Tuesday October 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -120 / Calgary Flames +109 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
MSGB, RSNF
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NHL | Calgary Flames (6-5-1) at Buffalo Sabres (6-4-1)
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The Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Calgary Flames look for another victory after losing four of their last six games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with seven goals, Johnny Gaudreau has nine assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 71.8 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up nine goals on 134 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 28 goals on 213 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.

The Buffalo Sabers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with six goals, Jack Eichel has eight assists and Jason Pominville has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up six goals on 93 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 24 goals on 252 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.

The Flames are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference, 3-8 in their last 11 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Sabres are 17-35 in their last 52 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 32-67 in their last 99 overall. The Flames are 2-11 in the last 13 meetings in Buffalo and the home team is 20-6-1 in the last 27 meetings. The over is 6-0 in Flames last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and the over is 5-0 in Sabres last 5 overall.

The Calgary Flames have had a hard time with consistency this season and haven't had a ton of recent success playing on the end of a back to back. The Buffalo Sabers have been a little more explosive than they have been in the past, and they just more than held their own on a lengthy road trip against some solid teams. You have to be impressed with what you've seen from the Sabres the last couple of weeks. I'll lay the cheap price with the Sabres on their home ice. 

Pick:
Buffalo Sabres -120

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