Buffalo Sabres (17-30-10) at Ottawa Senators (19-27-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 15, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -140 / Buffalo Sabres +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Buffalo Sabres look to continue their recent success against the Ottawa Senators as the two sides meet up in the Canadian capital on Thursday.
The Sabres look to turn around their miserable season as they take on their Atlantic division rivals from Ottawa on Thursday night in a battle of two of the league’s worst teams that are likely to be in the running for the top overall draft pick. The Sabres will turn to former Sens goaltender Robin Lehner in this spot and while he hasn’t lived up to the expectations placed on him coming into the NHL he has certainly been a more than capable starting goaltender and with a better group of players around him he could thrive in the right environment. The Sabres are just 3-7 in their last 10 games against Atlantic division rivals but they have won four games in a row against the Senators and should get a serious look as a road dog tonight.
The Senators are approaching a full blown fire sale and many key pieces of their roster are rumored to be on the way out as Derrick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and Ryan Dzingel could all find new homes by the end of the month. Ottawa is coming off a spectacular season last year in which they were a single win away from the Stanley Cup final and expectations were very high for them but a slow start and the inability to recover has this team on the verge of a complete tear down with everyone outside of Erik Karlsson available for the right price. Ottawa 3-10 in their last 13 games following a loss of three or more goals and with the Sabres virtually playing without any pressure this could be another tough outing for Ottawa.
The Sabres are 5-2 in their last seven playing on one day’s rest and 18-45 in their last 63 road games while the Sens are 11-28 in their last 39 overall and winless in their last four against the Atlantic. Buffalo is a nice play here as they have a bit more flare than the Sens and Ottawa has been downright awful so the Sabres as a dog is the play.