Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Buffalo, New York
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +130 / Buffalo Sabres -149 -- Over/Under: 6
The Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 29 goals, Jonathan Toews has 26 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 77 goals on 685 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Buffalo Sabres could also use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 31 goals, Jack Eichel has 37 assists and Sam Reinhart has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 86 goals on 969 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 55 goals on 655 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Blackhawks are 17-37 in their last 54 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 27-56 in their last 83 overall. The Sabres are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Buffalo and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The over is 7-1 in Sabres last 8 overall. The over is 20-7-3 in Blackhawks last 30 overall.
The Chicago Blackhawks make for a solid pick here considering there's no reason to lay juice with both teams struggling and not able to keep the puck out of the back of the net. The Blackhawks have also owned the Sabres over the years. With that said, the Buffalo Sabres are the better team here despite their recent struggles, and they showed progress in their last game against the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks have also played their worse hockey on the road this season and it's to the point where backing them isn't an easy task. I'll lay the fair price with the Sabres on their home ice.