Buffalo Sabres (14-24-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (12-24-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 8, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -180 / Buffalo Sabres +162 --- Over/Under: 5
The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes square off Thursday night at the PNC Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres have lost five straight games and play their third straight road game. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored two goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have scored two power play goals in their last seven games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Tyler Ennis has 15 assists and Matt Moulson has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 87 goals on 949 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 47 goals on 493 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes remain one of the worst teams in the league with losses in four of their last six games. The Hurricanes are averaging 1.9 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have two power play goals in their last four games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 11 goals, Justin Faulk has 16 assists and Jeff Skinner has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight straight games. Cam Ward has allowed 66 goals on 774 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 31 goals on 330 shots.
The Sabres are 9-43 in their last 52 road games and 6-16 in their last 22 vs. Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are 7-19 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference and 22-47 in their last 69 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Does anybody really back the Buffalo Sabres on the road? It's gotten to the point where you just pick the other team regardless of the situation. As long as you don't mind the heavy chalk, the Hurricanes have to be the pick here.