Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Colorado Avalanche -167 / Buffalo Sabres +151
The Buffalo Sabres and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last time out. Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 1st period lead with a pair of goals 2:25 apart before Buffalo took a 3-2 lead with a trio of goals in a span of 2:29 early in the 2nd period. Buffalo carried the lead into the 3rd where Chicago would tie the game within the first five minutes of the final period. Kyle Okposo gave Buffalo a 4-3 lead, but the lead lasted all of :37 before we were all square once again. The game was square after 60 minutes, and overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Chicago scored on all 3 of their chances. Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo, but Sam Reinhart couldn’t find the back of the net, leaving Buffalo with just a single point to show for their hard work. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 16-18-5 after allowing 4 goals on 45 shots faced in regulation and overtime.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to rebound after being on the wrong end of a 4-0 loss to the Dallas Stars in their last outing. Alex Radulov scored in each of the first two periods to give Dallas a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play before Jamie Benn added another goal to make it 3-0 and Radulov completed his 1st career hat trick with an empty-netter with less than three minutes to go in the final frame, sending Colorado home empty-handed despite outshooting Dallas 31-29. Semyon Varlamov took the loss, falling to 19-17-9 after allowing 3 goals on 29 shots faced in the losing effort.
Buffalo is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Colorado is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 10-23 in their last 33 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games as a favorite. Buffalo is 3-13 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.
Both of these teams are still in their respective conference’s playoff picture, but the fact of the matter is that Buffalo is fading fast and are 10 points out of a playoff spot right now. Colorado has had their ups and downs, but the Avs are only 4 points out of a wild card spot and have pretty much owned the Sabres in recent meetings. I’m not a fan of the price, but I don’t see a whole lot of reasons not to take Colorado here.