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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/25/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres (2-5-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-3-0)
Date & Time Wednesday October 25, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -205 / Buffalo Sabres +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCS
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Wednesday night NHL action comes to Nationwide Arena when the Buffalo Sabres clash with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Buffalo Sabres go on the road looking to extend their winning streak with a stop at the Columbus Blue Jackets. Buffalo has won consecutive contests after upending the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Defense was the name of the game and Sabres net minder Robin Lehner sole the show as he earned shutout number six of his career with a solid 32 save performance to improve to 3-5-2. Benoit Pouliot’s second period tally was all Buffalo needed for their second straight win.

The Red Wings couldn’t light the lamp but it wasn’t for lack of shots with 32 but it was a hot Robin Lehner that did them in. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard was outstanding in defeat with 31 stops as the team fell to 4-5-1.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in need of a win when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice on Wednesday. Columbus was enjoying a four game winning streak before dropping consecutive contests following a 6-4 defeat to the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. 

Los Angeles would not be denied at the offensive end of the ice with Anze Kopitar scoring two times including the game winner with 2:14 remaining. Jake Muzzin, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Tevor Lewis also lit the lamp while Brown added a trio of helpers to make the 32 saves of Jonathan Quick stand up.

The Blue Jackets offense came off the sticks of Oliver Bjorkstrand, Matt Calvert, Sonny Milano and Nick Foligno. Foligno also logged an assist in a three goal first period. Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky fell to 4-2 with all five goals allowed on 31 shots. 

Over is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 6-0 in Sabres last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and under is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 Wednesday games. Under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and Blue Jackets are 8-0 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest and under is 5-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus and home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and over is 10-4-1 in the last 15 meetings. 

I have to see who is confirmed in the nets but the numbers are initially pointing towards a lot of scoring…

Pick:
over 5.5 // UPDATE: over 1.5 goals in 1st -105 is the pick

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