Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Florida Panthers -136 / Buffalo Sabres +112 -- Over/Under: 6
The Buffalo Sabres and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Tuesday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-1 loss to New Jersey in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before New Jersey jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the midway point of the 2nd period. Sam Reinhart pulled a goal back in the last minute of the period to cut the deficit to 2-1, but that’s as close as Buffalo would get as Jersey would slam the door shut in the 3rd, adding a pair of goals to push their lead to 4-1 and sending the Sabres home empty-handed. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 15-17-3 after allowing 3 goals on 23 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a thrilling 6-3 win over Montreal last time out. Aleksander Barkov opened the scoring 3:59 into the game before Denis Malgin doubled the lead just after the halfway point of the opening frame. Montreal would pull a goal back just 1:36 later before Frank Vatrano restored the two-goal cushion. Montreal cut the deficit back to 3-2 heading into the 2nd where the Habs would tie the game. Florida would take the lead for good with the aforementioned Barkov scoring in the 2nd and just before the midway point of the 3rd to complete his hat trick while Riley Sheahan sealed the W with an empty-netter. James Reimer got the win to improve to 12-10-5 after stopping 28 of 31 shots in the winning effort.
Buffalo is 6-15 in their last 21 games against the Eastern Conference and 3-7 in their last 10 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Florida is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Buffalo is 7-21 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Florida.
Both of these teams desperately need a win to stay in the thick of the playoff race, but the difference is that Florida has been playing much better over the last couple of games and have really gotten the better of Buffalo in this matchup both overall and at the BB&T Center. Buffalo has still been a profitable road fade this season, just like years past, so I’ll lay the juice with Florida at home in this spot.