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Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, New York
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -220 / Buffalo Sabres +175 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSGB, FSOH
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres meet Sunday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 39 goals, Artemi Panarin has 52 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 145 goals on 1,643 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 63 goals on 617 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Buffalo Sabres could also use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 37 goals, Jack Eichel has 49 assists and Sam Reinhart has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 132 goals on 1,445 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 104 goals on 1,086 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in each of their last nine games.

The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 40-19 in their last 59 games as a road favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Sabres are 34-87 in their last 121 games playing on 0 days rest, 10-26 in their last 36 games as an underdog and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The under is 9-0 in Blue Jackets last 9 road games.

The Buffalo Sabres have won two of the last three meetings against the Columbus Blue Jackets, so there's some value to the plus money here. The problem is the Sabres have won just 10 games since December 27 and have been getting blasted defensively during their six-game losing streak. It's just really hard to make a case for the Sabres these days. So, while the juice is a bit steep with the Blue Jackets, it's got to be the road team or pass in this contest. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets -220

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