Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-5) at Buffalo Sabres (26-23-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 19, 2017, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under:
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to shake off a tough 3-1 loss at home against the Oilers as they take to the road to face off with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
The Blackhawks look to continue their recent road success as they head into Buffalo in a home coming for star winger Patrick Kane who will be out to give his family and friends something to cheer about in this one. Chicago has been brilliant when playing in the back end of a double header as they have won eight of their last 11 in that situation and with the trends working in their favour against the Atlantic division the Hawks are in a good spot here against the Sabres who have actually been pretty solid at home this season. Chicago is likely to send Scott Darling to the crease here after Corey Crawford got the nod yesterday as he will go up against Robin Lehner who is quietly having a pretty respectable season and is clearly the goaltender of the future for this group.
The Sabres meanwhile have won four of their last five games and are 8-3 in their last 11 home games but face a tough task as the Hawks are coming off a loss against the Oilers and will be ready to rebound in this one. Buffalo has had a tough stretch against the Central division though as they are 14-42 in their last 56 games and while there are a ton of quality teams that comprise the Central that is still an ugly record and something they need to rectify if they’re going to be considered a playoff contender in the coming years. Jack Eichel leads the way up front for the Sabres and for a young group they are well on their way back to respectability and if they can add a piece at the deadline they could even make a late season surge to the wild card spots this season.
The Hawks are 5-1 in their last six overall and 36-15 in their last 51 against the Atlantic while the Sabres are 10-22 in their last 32 Sunday games and 5-2 in their last seven playing in game four of a 3-4 set. Chicago is getting a nice price here and while Buffalo has been good at home I think the Hawks get it done here behind a strong game from Kan