Winnipeg Jets (25-11-7) at Buffalo Sabres (10-23-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +140 / Winnipeg Jets -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Tuesday night NHL action feature a bout between the Buffalo Sabres and the Winnipeg Jets.
The Winnipeg Jets sit atop the Central standings and are not showing signs of giving up their spot anytime soon. Winnipeg has been getting the job done at both ends of the ice with wins in five of six capped off by a 4-1 victory versus the visiting San Jose Sharks on Sunday. The Sharks lone goal came from Logan Couture on the power play in the second period.
The Central leading Jets received a pair of goals from Mathieu Perreault with Mark Dano and Matt Hendricks also reaching the scoring column. Andrew Copp also provided Winnipeg with a pair of assists and that was more then enough support for Connor Hellebuyck who recorded 31 saves while Martin Jones stopped 26 shots in the loss.
With ten wins at this point in the season the Buffalo Sabres are last in the Atlantic standings and realistically out of the postseason. The Sabres have been struggling to score and keep the puck out of their own net and the result has been four consecutive defeats following a 4-1 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead in the second on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with the man advantage but that was the only highlight. Sean Couturier topped the Philadelphia attack with a pair of goals with Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere also lighting the lamp. Jakub Voracek posted two assists and the Flyers received 30 saves from Michal Neuvirth while Robin Lehner recorded 25 stops in taking the loss.
Over is 4-0 in Jets last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 3-0-1 in Jets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 4-0-1 in Jets last 5 games following a win. Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and over is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 following a loss of 3 or more goals and under is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Jets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings and home team is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
Buffalo has enjoyed the bulk of the success in this matchup but Winnipeg is streaking and are trying to win the Central so I like them…