Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 30, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
American Airlines Center
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +140 / Dallas Stars -160 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars meet Wednesday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 31 goals, Jack Eichel has 37 assists and Sam Reinhart has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 86 goals on 967 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 54 goals on 628 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.
The Dallas Stars could also use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 18 goals, Jamie Benn has 16 assists and Alexander Radulov has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 71 goals on 902 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 45 goals on 581 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.
The Sabres are 70-152 in their last 222 road games, 33-82 in their last 115 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 36-15 in their last 51 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 10-21 in their last 31 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Sabres are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Dallas and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 17-6-3 in Stars last 26 overall. The over is 6-0 in Sabres last 6 overall.
In a game between two teams in a bit of a funk, I'm going to back the Dallas Stars on their home ice. Not because the Stars are at home or because they've owned this series in recent meetings, but because they've been head and shoulders better defensively. A team that consistently keeps the puck out of the back of the net will win games. The Buffalo Sabres are likely to continue struggling, especially on the road when they're giving up three or four goals a night. The Dallas Stars stop the bleeding with a nice home win.