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Buffalo Sabres vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (15-37-2) at Buffalo Sabres (24-23-10)
Date & Time Thursday February 16, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -185 / Colorado Avalanche +166 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
NBCS
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The Buffalo Sabres welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the KeyBank Center for Thursday night NHL hockey.

The playoff hopeful New Jersey Devils are heating up but the fans have to be wondering if the team can make up enough ground in the standings to reach the postseason. The Devils took a step in the right direction with a 3-2 victory versus the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for their 4th win in six games. The Devils offense came from Pavel Zachia, Andy Greene and Kyle Palmieri to make a winner of Cory Schneider and his 28 saves that kept the team five points out of the final playoff spot. The Avalanche saw Mark Barberio and Mikhail Grigorenko light the lamp with rookie Jeremy Smith recording 37 saves in his NHL debut. 

The Buffalo Sabres have been something of an afterthought in recent years but they are no longer a team to ignore although reaching the postseason is a long shot. The Sabres proved to be a tough out in defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday on the road to improve to 4-1 in the season series. The Buffalo offense came from Ryan O’Reilly, Matt Moulson and Justin Bailey with Robin Lehner standing tall between the pipes with a monster 39 saves to lift the Swords to 24-23-10. The Senators scoring came off the sticks of Bobby Ryan and Dion Phaneuf with Craig Anderson stopping 22 shots in absorbing the loss as the team fell to 29-19-6. 

The under is 5-0-1 in Avalanche last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and the over is 3-0-3 in Avalanche last 6 road games while the over is 2-0-3 in Avalanche last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 10-1-1 in Sabres last 12 vs. Western Conference and the over is 6-1-1 in Sabres last 8 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 Thursday games. The over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and the Avalanche are 10-1 in the last 11 meetings while the over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Avalanche have been dominant in this match up although these teams don’t play each other regularly. I lean Buffalo but this is a tough one that I need to look at further…

Pick:
Buffalo -.5 // will update

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