Buffalo Sabres (25-45-12) at Florida Panthers (42-30-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Panthers / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under:
The Buffalo Sabers and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Buffalo Sabers look to play spoiler after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 25 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 36 assists and Kyle Okposo has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 143 goals on 1,560 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 96 goals on 917 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed a combined 16 goals during their current three-game losing streak.
The Florida Panthers need a victory here to remain in the playoff chase after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 30 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 51 assists and Jonathan Huberdeau has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 81 goals on 1,135 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 115 goals on 1,297 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Sabres are 60-135 in their last 195 road games, 5-16 in their last 21 Saturday games and 26-60 in their last 86 overall. The Panthers are 21-6 in their last 27 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 23-10 in their last 33 overall. The Sabres are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Florida, 7-19 in the last 26 meetings and the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabers are another one of those teams that's finally happy the season is over, as the losses are piling up and they can't keep the puck out of the back of the net. The Florida Panthers have been argubaly the hottest home team in the second half of the season and has to win out in order to have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. There's simply no betting against the Panthers in this game on their home ice.