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Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres (17-7-3) at Nashville Predators (18-8-1)
Date & Time Monday December 3, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Nashville Predators -200 / Buffalo Sabres +165 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSGB, FSTN
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NHL | Buffalo Sabres (17-7-3) at Nashville Predators (18-8-1)
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The Buffalo Sabers and Nashville Predators meet Monday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Buffalo Sabers look for a statement victory after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 20 goals, Jack Eichel has 27 assists and Jason Pominville has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 51 goals on 615 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 20 goals on 273 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Nashville Predators look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 18 assists and Roman Josi has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 32 goals on 485 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 32 goals on 293 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.

The Sabres are 68-144 in their last 212 road games, 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 10-2 in their last 12 overall. The Predators are 36-16 in their last 52 Monday games, 58-27 in their last 85 home games and 44-21 in their last 65 overall. The Sabres are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Sabres last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 games following a win.

Betting against the Nashville Predators on their home ice isn't a wise move long term, but the value is all over the Buffalo Sabres in this spot. We're getting insane plus money with the Sabres, one of the teams in the league right now and a team that's won 10 of their last 12 overall. Just with the way the Sabres are playing right now, I'm not sure how you turn down this price, regardless of where the game is being played. Usually the Predators are the play here, but I'm not laying -200 odds to bet against the hottest team in the league. 

Pick:
Buffalo Sabres +165

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