Buffalo Sabres (27-28-12) at Columbus Blue Jackets (42-17-6)
|Date & Time||Friday March 10, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -240 / Buffalo Sabres +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Buffalo Sabres go on the road to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in Friday night NHL hockey action.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres need every point they can get their hands on so when they squared off Tuesday night, something had to give. That was Buffalo as the Flyers flexed some offensive muscle in a 6-3 victory. The balanced Philadelphia attack featured goals from Radko Gudas, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Matt Read, Jordan Weal and Chris VandeVelde as all four lines were involved. Steve Mason recorded the win with 31 stops to keep the Flyers in playoff contention. The Sabres received a pair of goals and a helper from Jack Eichel who has logged a point in eleven straight contests with Evander Kane joining him in the scoring column while Robin Lehner made 24 saves in a losing effort.
Timely scoring and solid defense are great ingredients to possess in any sport and has been the Columbus Blue Jackets MO lately. The Blue Jackets offense hasn’t been scoring at will but hasn’t needed too with the hottest goaltender in the NHL in the nets. CBJ received another stellar performance from Sergei Bobrovsky in a 2-0 win versus the New Jersey Devils for shutout number three in a row following 33 stops. Bobrovsky now has six on the season and back to back shutouts of the Devils with 53 combined stops. The Columbus offense did nothing until the third period when Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson finally scored. Backup netminderSam Kinkaid played well for New Jersey with one goal allowed on 25 shots as the Devils fell for the 8th straight time.
The Sabres are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and the over is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 while the Sabres are 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and the under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 vs. Eastern Conference while the under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus and the road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings while the over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings.
The over has been a consistent winner here but I lean Blue Jackets until I see a line, goalies and juice…