Edmonton Oilers (8-12-2) at Buffalo Sabres (5-13-4)
|Date & Time||Friday November 24, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +138 / Edmonton Oilers -153 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to build on their lopsided win in Detroit as they head into Buffalo to face off with the Sabres on Friday night.
The Oilers head into Buffalo looking to build on their victory in the Motor City on Wednesday night and play their way out of this early season funk that has skeptics smiling and fans in tears as the Oilers came into the season as Cup contenders and they have severely disappointed. The Oilers extended both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the offseason and while they are certainly two of the more dynamic players in the league with the former as one of the very best and reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner but so far they have both been quiet as the Oilers have had one of the league’s worst offenses through the first month and a half of the season. Edmonton is expected to send Cam Talbot to the crease here as he will square off with Robin Lehner who backstops a Sabres team that has been equally disappointing and will be out to play out of their own funk in this one.
The Sabres come into Friday night’s action with a paltry 5-13-3 record and have just two victories at home this season which has to have Sabres fans in a state of frustration and have them looking forward to the World Junior Championships at Christmas in hopes of seeing some good hockey in the arena. Buffalo has already sent a message by demoting their top player and bright young sensation Jack Eichel down to the third line and while that likely won’t last as he is a world class talent, it is evidence of where this team is right now as they have the talent to be a threat in the Atlantic but have been vastly underachieving.
The Oilers are 1-7 in their last eight against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last seven overall while the Sabres are 1-4 in their last five Friday games and winless in their last four home games. The Oilers have been hard to figure out lately as they have been wildly inconsistent but this looks like a nice spot for them as they get a win on the road in Buffalo.