St. Louis Blues at Buffalo Sabres
|Date & Time||Sunday March 17, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
Buffalo Sabres +136 / St. Louis Blues -150
FS-Midwest, MSG-Buffalo, NHL
The St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Sunday evening.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build on a 5-1 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. Oskar Sundqvist and Vince Dunn staked the Blues a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play before Patrick Maroon made it 3-0 and Jay Bouwmeester made it 4-0 in a span of 1:10 early in the 2nd period. Pittsburgh pulled a goal back to made it 4-1 after the 2nd but that’s as close as the Pens would get as Dunn would score his 2nd goal of the game with the lone goal of the 3rd period to seal the deal for the Blues in the win. Jordan Binnington got the win to improve to 17-4-1 after stopping 40 of 41 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a 7-game losing streak after a 4-2 loss to Carolina last time out. Jeff Skinner opened the scoring just 2:18 into the game before Carolina tied the game later on in the opening period. Carolina would take the lead and push it to 3-1 by the end of the 2nd. The Canes made it 4-1 late in the 3rd before Zemgus Girgensons pulled a consolation goal back late in the 3rd period. Linus Ullmark took the loss, falling to 14-12-4 after allowing all 4 goals on 29 shots faced in the defeat.
St. Louis is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 games against the Eastern Conference. Buffalo is 7-20 in their last 27 games overall and 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the Central division. St. Louis is 20-3 in the last 23 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Road favorites haven’t been kind to me lately, and St. Louis is far removed from the team that went on that lengthy winning streak last month. However, the Sabres are pretty much done in terms of the playoff race, have shown no signs of turning things around during this losing streak and have been flat out owned by the Blues over the years with St. Louis winning 20 of the last 23 meetings between these two teams. I just think that St. Louis is the play as more of a fade from Buffalo than anything else.