Ottawa Senators (9-12-7) at Buffalo Sabres (7-17-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 12, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +104 / Ottawa Senators -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres look to play their way out of the league basement as both teams are off to ice cold starts this season.
The Senators head into Buffalo looking for a confidence boosting victory as they have slumped their way into the third to last place in the league standings sitting only above the Arizona Coyotes and the Sabres. Ottawa made it all the way to the Eastern Conference final last season in what was a bit if a surprise run but they came into this season with huge expectations as a result and they have fallen flat on their faces, even after trading for highly touted forward Matt Duchene who hasn’t quite hit his stride with his new team yet. The Sens still have the makeup of a very strong team and while they have had their issues with Buffalo in the past they should be in great shape here to get a much needed victory against a Sabres group that is a woeful 7-17-6 this season and have just three victories so far at home this season.
The Sabres meanwhile have had a dreadful start to the season and have fallen well short of expectations, though still might be in better shape in that regard than the Senators who have really fallen on hard times and could be in for more tonight. Buffalo is expected to send former Senators goaltender Robin Lehner to the crease here as he looks to redeem himself against his old teammates but with Ottawa playing desperate hockey and looking to snap out of their losing ways against Buffalo who have won five of their last six in this series it could make for a tough outing for Lehner.
The Senators are 1-11 in their last 12 overall and 1-6 in their last seven against the Eastern Conference while the Sabres are 1-6 in their last seven home games and winless in their last five against the Atlantic. Ottawa is the better team and have more to play for as we move through December and while neither team is worth betting on right now I have to side with the Senators on the road.