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Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, Alberta
The Line
Calgary Flames: -1.5 (+114) / Calgary Flames -303 / Buffalo Sabres +230 / Buffalo Sabres: 1.5 (-141)
TV Channel
SN One, SN 360, MSG-Buffalo
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The Buffalo Sabres visit the Calgary Flames in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 7-2 loss to Edmonton in their last outing. Casey Mittelstadt opened the scoring for the Sabres just 1:00 into the game, but the lead didn’t last long as the Sabres went from 1-0 up to 3-1 down in a span of 3:28 as the Oilers scored 3 goals just 1:55 apart to take a 3-1 lead. Evan Rodrigues cut the deficit back to one to make it 3-2 after the 1st period, but that’s as close as Buffalo would get the rest of the way as the Oilers would add a pair of goals in both the 2nd and 3rd periods while failing to find the back of the net with any of their 28 shots on target in the final 40 minutes of play. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 14-14-3 after allowing 5 goals on 12 shots before being pulled in the 2nd period.

The Calgary Flames will look to stay hot after making it 5 wins in a row thanks to a 7-1 rout of the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. The game was scoreless for most of the opening period before Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan scored 1:08 apart to take a 2-0 lead after the opening period. Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau doubled that lead, making it 4-0 late in the 2nd before Arizona finally got on the board with :16 to go in the middle frame. Tkachuk and Giordano each scored their 2nd goals of the game followed by a goal from Sam Bennett with all 3 goals in the 3rd coming in a span of 2:55 to give the Flames the eventual 7-1 final score line. Mike Smith got the win to improve to 13-9-1 after stopping 22 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort.

Buffalo is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 69-151 in their last 220 road games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against the Western Conference. Calgary is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 20-8 in their last 28 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a win. Buffalo is 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Calgary.

Heavy plus money with the Sabres is tempting considering that Buffalo is still narrowly holding onto a playoff spot, but the fact is that the Sabres have been a fade on the road for quite a while now. Calgary is red-hot and to make matters worse for the Sabres, Buffalo has had pretty much no luck when playing on the road against the Flames over the last few years. So with that said, I’ll side with Calgary to stay hot with another win here, and to cancel out the heavy line, I’ll side with Calgary on the puck line as I see the Flames putting out another strong offensive performance in this one.

Calgary Flames: -1.5 (+114)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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