Vancouver Canucks (24-25-6) at Buffalo Sabres (23-22-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 12, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -137 / Vancouver Canucks +124 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Buffalo Sabres return home after a successful trip to Toronto last night as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to town on Sunday.
The Canucks continue their road trip after a loss in Boston yesterday and will look for a better outing as they take on the Buffalo Sabres who have generated a ton of success at home recently and will be flying high after a win against the Leafs last night. Vancouver is likely to send Jacob Markstrom to the crease which won’t give former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller the opportunity to exact revenge against his old team but after losing against Boston and giving up four goals I think it is wise for the Canucks to try something else on this night. Vancouver had a strong start to the season but they are now facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Western Conference playoffs and what they do at the trade deadline could go a long way in determining whether or not they are committing to the rebuild or trying to reload.
The Sabres meanwhile have battled inconsistency this season and are in a chase for a playoff spot in the Atlantic division but they got a very nice win last night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto and return home where they have had some of their best games of the season. Buffalo is a slight favourite in this one and to me they have the edge in terms of total team talent as their budding young stars are quickly becoming focal points in the NHL and while Vancouver has some of their own and Bo Horvat in particular is having a very nice season I lean in favour of the Sabres youngsters led by Jack Eichel who notched three assists last night against Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs.
The Canucks are 4-1 in their last five against the Atlantic and 0-4 in their last four Sunday games while the Sabres are 6-2 in their last eight home games and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Western Conference. Vancouver is trending down while the Sabres are full of confidence and at home I think they get it done with a strong outing.