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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/11/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes
Date & Time Friday January 11, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC
The Line
Carolina Hurricanes -154 / Buffalo Sabres +125
TV Channel
MSG Buffalo, FSCR, NHL
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James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from PNC Arena on Friday night.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to build some momentum after a 5-1 win over New Jersey in their last outing. New Jersey opened the scoring just 1:28 into the game but that’s all the scoring the Devils would do as Buffalo caught fire with a 5-goal 2nd period that the Sabres would ride to the finish with goals from Jeff Skinner who scored his 29th of the season, tied for 2nd, C.J. Smith, Casey Mittelstadt, Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut. Carter Hutton would seal the deal for his first win since December 13th and just his 2nd since the end of November by stopping 20 of 21 shots to improve his record to 14-12-3 this season.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to rebound after suffering a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in their last time out, snapping their 5-game winning streak. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening period before Justin Williams gave the ‘Canes the lead 4:34 into the 2nd frame. Carolina would take a 1-0 lead into the 3rd where the Bolts busted things open just after the midway point of the period, scoring all 3 of their goals in a span of 7:38 to send the Hurricanes back empty-handed with no points to show for their hard work. Petr Mrazek took the loss for Carolina, falling to 8-9-2 after allowing 2 goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.

Buffalo is 69-149 in their last 218 road games and 13-39 in their last 52 games against the Metropolitan division while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Carolina is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 14-38 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games playing on no rest. Buffalo is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Carolina.

The Sabres have a distinct rest advantage, while the Hurricanes not only had to play last night, they played the best team in the league and now have to travel back home for this game. However, Buffalo is still a team you don’t feel comfortable backing on the road, even though the Sabres have enjoyed some success this season. The Sabres have also had no luck lately against the Hurricanes, both overall and at the PNC Arena so even on a quick turnaround, I have to side with Carolina here.

Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes -154

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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