Colorado Avalanche (29-21-4) at Buffalo Sabres (16-29-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 11, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
The Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabers meet Sunday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a feel good win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 24 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 77 goals on 856 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 71 goals on 862 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Buffalo Sabers look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 105 goals on 1,202 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 58 goals on 498 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Avalanche are 29-69 in their last 98 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-24 in their last 32 Sunday games and 12-41 in their last 53 road games. The Sabres are 26-75 in their last 101 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-20 in their last 27 Sunday games and 7-19 in their last 26 home games. The Avalanche are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo, 11-3 in the last 14 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I fade the Buffalo Sabres probably more team than any in hockey, but they're playing well recently as the defense has improved, and they have a chance to win three straight for just the second time this season. The Colorado Avalanche are fade material in their current form and have been for quite some time on the road. This decent stretch for the Buffalo Sabers is likely coming to an end soon, but let's see if we can stretch it out for one more game.