Buffalo Sabres (6-4-2) at Ottawa Senators (4-5-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -120 / Buffalo Sabres +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Buffalo Sabers and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Buffalo Sabers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with six goals, Jack Eichel has eight assists and Jason Pominville has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up six goals on 93 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 26 goals on 290 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The Ottawa Senators could use a victory here that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Ottawa with four goals, Thomas Chabot has 10 assists and Chris Tierney has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing four goals per game and are killing 68.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 34 goals on 372 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed eight goals on 40 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.
The Sabres are 63-140 in their last 203 road games, 19-43 in their last 62 vs. Eastern Conference and 21-62 in their last 83 Thursday games. The Senators are 5-12 in their last 17 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 24-53 in their last 77 overall. The Sabres are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 15-5-1 in the last 21 meetings.
We've made alot of money fading the Buffalo Sabers over the years, especially on the road, but they're playing better hockey than the Ottawa Senators right now, and they've actually had the upper hand over them in recent meetings as well. The Sabres have beaten the Seantors in seven of the last 10 matches and have scored no fewer than three goals in five of the last seven meetings. Given the Seantors issues defensively during this losing stretch, it's hard to ignroe the value of the even money with the road team.