Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Saturday March 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Carolina Hurricanes: -1 (+116) / Buffalo Sabres: 1 (-143)
The Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Saturday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a 6-game losing streak after a 5-0 shutout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Pittsburgh got on the board first early in the 2nd period. The Penguins struck twice in a span of 2:01 to push the lead to 3-0 heading into the 3rd where the Pens added another pair for insurance to seal Buffalo’s fate and send the Sabres to another defeat with Buffalo being outshot 28-26 in the losing effort. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 16-20-5 after allowing 5 goals on 28 shots faced in the defeat.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look for a bounce back performance after a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last outing. Columbus struck twice in a span of 2:46 early in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead over Carolina, and that lead would hold through the rest of the 1st, all of the 2nd and most of the 3rd before the Blue Jackets added a 3rd goal on an empty net, short-handed no less, to seal Carolina’s fate in the loss. Carolina outshot the Blue Jackets 46-20, including a whopping 22-2 advantage in shots on goal in the 2nd period. Petr Mrazek took the loss, falling to 18-13-3 after allowing a pair of goals on 19 shots faced in the losing effort.
Buffalo is 7-20 in their last 27 games overall and 71-161 in their last 232 road games while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the Metropolitan division. Carolina is 8-0 in their last 8 games playing on no rest and 13-5 in their last 18 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Atlantic division. Buffalo is 0-8 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Carolina.
I’d like to give the Sabres a chance to snap their losing streak here, but I just don’t see it happening if we are being honest. The Sabres have had zero luck against the Hurricanes for a while now, have been an extremely profitable fade on the road while Carolina has been money on the 2nd half of a back-to-back, and the Sabres just can’t buy a win and are playing for ping pong balls while Carolina is still in the thick of the playoff race. Give me the Hurricanes in this one.