Vancouver Canucks (35-22-3) at Buffalo Sabres (18-38-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 26, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +197 / Vancouver Canucks -220 --- Over/Under: 5
The Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres meet Thursday at the First Niagara Center.
The Vancouver Canucks have won four of their last five games and end a five-game road trip. The Canucks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Vancouver Canucks have three power play goals in their last four games and have won five straight when scoring at least three goals. Radim Vrbata leads the Canucks with 22 goals, Daniel Sedin has 40 assists and Shawn Matthias has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Eddie Lack has allowed 45 goals on 572 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up 102 goals on 1,170 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have one power play goal in their last five games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons have combined for 30 goals, Matt Moulson has 17 assists and Chris Stewart has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 70 goals on 864 shots faced and Matt Hackett has given up four goals on 37 shots.
The Canucks are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 21-10 in their last 31 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 13-39 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-35 in their last 51 home games. The Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo.
You guys know how I am about huge chalk. I don't buy it in a game such as hockey where a bounce or two and anything can happen. The Sabres have won a couple of games lately, and I'll take a shot with them at this price.