Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
|Date & Time||Thursday April 4, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Buffalo, New York
The Line: Ottawa Senators +170 / Buffalo Sabres -205 -- Over/Under: 6
The Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Ottawa Senators look for another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 21 goals, Thomas Chabot has 40 assists and Chris Tierney has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 160 goals on 1,669 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 14 goals on 121 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a win here to snap an eight-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 38 goals, Jack Eichel has 50 assists and Sam Reinhart has 175 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 140 goals on 1,518 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 108 goals on 1,122 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in each of their last 11 games.
The Senators are 17-38 in their last 55 games as an underdog, 18-57 in their last 75 games as a road underdog and 8-23 in their last 31 games playing on 0 days rest. The Sabres are 17-38 in their last 55 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 0-6 in their last 6 games as a favorite. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 7-0 in Senators last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 5-2 in Sabres last 7 home games.
Neither of these teams have anything to play for these last couple of games, and I guess you can make a case for the Buffalo Sabres being the favorites given the rest advantage and the fact they're playing their last home game of the season. Still, none of that is enough for me to lay this massive juice with a team that's riding an eight-game losing streak. In fact, we've faded the Sabres often when they've been favorites recently and it's played out well. I'm obviously not eager to jump all over the Ottawa Senators either, but if I'm going to play this game, it's going to be with the underdog and the much more favorable price.