Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (19-15-7)
|Date & Time||Friday January 13, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -165 / Buffalo Sabres +149 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Buffalo Sabres continue their road trip on Friday night as they travel from Tampa Bay to Raleigh to battle the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Sabres look to head into the weekend on a winning note as they play in a back to back against two Eastern Conference rivals and after disappointing effort last night against the Bolts the Sabres look for a rebound against Cam Ward and the Hurricanes. The Sabres are a team on the rise as they have had a handful of top end draft picks of late and with a stable base of players already in place they ahead of schedule and could very well challenge for a playoff spot as early as this season. Buffalo is sitting with a .500 record coming into tonight’s game and are seven points back of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference but a road win in Carolina would be a big step for them as the Canes are fighting for a playoff spot as well and have turned up their pace of play over the last couple of weeks.
The Canes have won back to back games and have claimed six of their last 10 as they have jumped right back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference as they trail the Flyers by just three points for the final vacancy. The Hurricanes are a young team relatively speaking as a number of their draft picks are starting to come into place and even a few of their mainstays are still in their infancy when it comes to their NHL careers as guys like Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal had an early start to their careers but are now seasoned vets on this Carolina side. Ward is expected to get the call in the Carolina crease as he will match up against Anders Nilsson who is expected to start in the back to back for Buffalo.
The Sabres are 1-5 in their last six Friday games and are 19-57 in their last 76 playing in a back to back while the Canes are 12-2 in their last 14 home games and 5-1 in their last six against the Atlantic. Buffalo has struggled playing in a double header and with Carolina’s recent success at home I think they continue it here on Friday.