Buffalo Sabres vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM (KeyBank Center)

BUF +145, O/U 6.5

The Colorado Avalanche travel to Buffalo, NY on Tuesday for a game against the Sabres in a matchup of teams from the Western and Eastern Conference.  In their last game, the Avalanche were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 6-3.  Colorado received goals from Andre Burakovsky, Mikko Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win.  Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer got the start in net and recorded the loss, allowing 5 goals on 27 of Philadelphia’s shots on the night.  

With the loss against Philadelphia, Colorado is now 28-16-6 and is in 2nd place in the Central Division.  Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avs in points with 72, in goals with 30 and in assists with 42.  MacKinnon is clearly Colorado’s most dangerous player and is someone that opposing teams must always be aware of.  Colorado goalie Pavel Francouz is 12-4-2 with a goals against average of 2.45.  Goalie Philipp Grubauer is 14-11-4 with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 2.90. Colorado comes into Tuesday’s game at full strength as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report.

The Buffalo Sabres welcome the Colorado Avalanche to town on Tuesday after winning their last game against the Columbus Blue Jackets by the score of 2-1 in overtime.  Buffalo received their lone goal in regulation from Evan Rodrigues and Jack Eichel scored the game winning goal in overtime.  Carter Hutton started in net for the Sabres and made saves on 22 of 23 Columbus shots on the way to the win. 

After the win against the Blue Jackets, the Sabres are now 23-22-7 on the season, placing them in 6th place in the Atlantic Division.  Offensively the Sabres are led by Jack Eichel, who has recorded team highs in points with 65, goals with 31, and assists with 34. 7 of Eichel’s goals have come while on the power play as well as recording 13 assists while on the man advantage and he is clearly Buffalo’s biggest offensive threat. Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton is 7-8-4 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 3.13.  Linus Ullmark is 16-14-3 on the season with 1 shutout and a 2.72 goals against average.  Buffalo enters Tuesday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Kyle Okposo is out while Zach Bogosian and Brandon Montour are day to day. 

The Colorado Avalanche have scored 3.64 goals per game on the year while allowing 2.96 goals per game.  The Buffalo Sabres have scored an average of 2.87 goals per game this season while allowing 3.08 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Avalanche are 3-2 while the Sabres are 2-3.  The total has gone over in 11 of Colorado's last 15 games. The total has gone over in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games against Colorado. Buffalo is 2-7 in their last 9 games when playing at home against Colorado.  I will be going with the Avalanche in this one.  Colorado wins 4-3.

Travis’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -165(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.