Buffalo Sabres (29-31-12) at Detroit Red Wings (28-31-11)
|Date & Time||Monday March 20, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -135 / Buffalo Sabres +120 --- Over/Under: 5
NHL hockey action comes to Joe Louis Arena where the Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
The Buffalo Sabres are an improved squad that have jumped up and bitten some of the bigger names and just need to be more consistent. The Sabres ‘bit’ the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Friday after a marathon, ten round shootout. Zemgus Girgensons scored the decisive shootout goal with Rasmus Ristolainen and Ryan O’Reilly also scoring for the Sabres in the SO. O’Reilly tallied the Sabres lone goal in regulation as well and Anders Nilsson made the support stand up with a fantastic 39 save performance. The Ducks saw Richard Rakell score their lone goals with Jonathan Bernier absorbing the loss which prevented a three game winning streak.
The Struggling Colorado Avalanche aren’t going to the postseason but players are looking to make the roster next year so they need to put forth maximum effort to keep their jobs. That means Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Joe Louis Arena and the Detroit Red Wings didn’t help the Avs job security. Nathan MacKinnon was credited with Colorado’s lone goal on a deflection which wasn’t enough for Calvin Pickard in the nets with all five goals allowed on 23 shots. The Red Wings offense featured a pair of third period tallies off the stick of Thomas Tater with Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist. Detroit received a strong effort between the pipes with Jimmy Howard stopping 23 shots to lift the Wings to their second straight win.
The under is 4-0 in Sabres last 4 vs. Atlantic and the over is 4-0 in Sabres last 4 vs. Eastern Conference while the Sabres are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games while the under is 13-2-1 in Red Wings last 16 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Sabres are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit and the over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit while the Sabres are 6-21 in the last 27 meetings.
I see the trends favoring he Red Wings and although these trends are covering several years when these teams were different. Right now I’ll back Detroit but this is definitely a lean…