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Buffalo Sabres vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/11/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks at Buffalo Sabres
Date & Time Saturday January 11, 2020, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, NY
The Line
BUF -115, O/U 6
TV Channel
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The Vancouver Canucks head to Buffalo on Saturday for a game against the Sabres in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, Vancouver was defeated by the Florida Panthers by the score of 5-2.  The Canucks received goals from Brock Boeser and Tyler Motte but were never in the game against the Panthers.  Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko started in net and recorded the loss as he allowed 5 goals on 49 of Florida’s shots on the night. 

On the year the Canucks are now 23-17-4, which puts them in 5th place in the Pacific Division. Vancouver is lead in points and goals by Elias Pettersson who has recorded 46 points and 20 goals on the year, including 6 goals while on the power play.  Brock Boeser leads the Canucks in assists on the year as he has recorded 27 so far this season.  The Canucks have received decent goal play from both of their goalies Thatcher Demko is 8-5-1 with a goals against average of 3.20 on the season while the Canucks’ other goalie Jacob Markstrom is 15-12-3 on the year with 1 shutout and a 2.81 goals against average.  The Canucks enter Saturday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Brandon Sutter and Micheal Ferland are on injured reserve.  

The Buffalo Sabres welcome the Vancouver Canucks to town on Saturday after losing their last game to the St. Louis Blues by the score of 5-1.  Buffalo received their lone goal from Jack Eichel at 4:22 of the second period with assists from Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Dahlin.  Goalie Linus Ullmark took the loss in net for Buffalo, allowing 4 goals on 30 of the Blues’ shots on the night.

After the loss against the Blues, the Sabres are now 19-18-7 on the season, placing them in 5th place in the Atlantic Division.  Offensively the Sabres are led by Jack Eichel, who has recorded team highs in points with 56, goals with 27, and assists with 29. Six of Eichel’s goals have come while on the power play as well as recording ten assists while on the man advantage and he is clearly Buffalo’s biggest offensive threat. Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton is 6-6-4 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 3.23.  Linus Ullmark is 13-12-3 on the season with 1 shutout and a 2.87 goals against average.  Buffalo enters Saturday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Jake McCabe is listed as out while Victor Olofsson is on injured reserve. 

The Vancouver Canucks have scored an average of 3.23 goals per game this season while allowing 3.14 goals per game.  The Buffalo Sabres have scored 2.89 goals per game while allowing 3.16 goals per game.  The Canucks won the first meeting of the season between these two teams by the score of 6-5 in overtime in a game played in Vancouver.  In their last 5 games, the Canucks are 3-2 but have lost 2 games in a row while the Sabres are 2-3.  The total has gone over in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games. The total has gone under in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games. The total has gone over in 8 of Vancouver's last 10 games when playing on the road against Buffalo.  The two teams matchup evenly defensively, but Vancouver has scored more goals per game by a decent margin, so I will be going with the Canucks in this one.  Vancouver wins this one 5-3. 

Pick:
Vancouver Canucks -105(ML)
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