Buffalo Sabres (23-23-10) at Ottawa Senators (29-18-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 14, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -146 / Buffalo Sabres +132 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Buffalo Sabres take to the road as they head into the Canadian Tire Centre to face off against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
The Sabres look to continue their impressive mark on Tuesday night games this season as they are out for their ninth win in their last 12 tries as they take on a Senators team who is currently hanging onto a playoff spot in the Atlantic division. Buffalo has had some very good performances this season but most of them have come on home ice as they seem to get fired up more than other teams when playing in front of their fans but if they’re going to make the push into the playoff discussion they know they need to find ways to win on the road and a win here against the Senators would be a great place to start. However, Buffalo had their way with the Sens the last time these two teams faced off so you know that Buffalo is expected a push back here as Robin Lehner will face off against Craig Anderson who posted a shutout in his first start since November.
The Senators look to continue beating up on the league’s weaker road teams at home as they host the Sabres in this one and after the way things went for them on Sunday I think it is safe to say they will be fired up to give Anderson another strong effort. Ottawa is right in the mix in the Atlantic division and with the Canadiens struggling and the rest of the division wide open they could even go on a run and claim top spot by season’s end but if they’re going to do so they will likely need to add a piece at the trade deadline to add another pieces offensively. The Senators will need a strong game in the offensive third here as Lehner has had their number and will certainly be motivated to get a win as he plays in his old building against his former team.
The Sabres are 8-3 in their last 11 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their last game and have played to the OVER in their last four Tuesday games while the Sens are 21-4 in their last 25 at home against a team with a road winning percentage less than .400 and have played to the UNDER in seven of their last eight Tuesday games. With Lehner and Anderson in the pipes here I think this one will be a tight checking, low scoring affair in a final that stays under the number.