Calgary Flames (17-10-2) at Buffalo Sabres (10-16-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +140 / Calgary Flames -155 --- Over/Under: 5
The Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres play Thursday at the First Niagara Center.
The Calgary Flames have won four of their last six games and are hanging around in the Pacific division. The Flames are averaging three goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last four games. The Calgary Flames have scored a power play goal in five of their last six games and have won four straight overall when scoring three or more goals. Jiri Hudler leads Calgary with 11 goals, Mark Giordano has 22 assists and Sean Monahan has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Karri Ramo has allowed 30 goals on 361 shots faced and Jonas Hiller has given up 41 goals on 476 shots. The Calgary Flames have split their last eight road games.
The Buffalo Sabres continue to play their best hockey of the season by winning four of their last six. The Sabres are averaging 1.6 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last four games. The Buffalo Sabres have one power play goal in their last five games and are 5-1 this season when scoring at least three goals. Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons have combined for 16 goals, Drew Stafford has nine assists and Matt Moulson has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing three goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 30 goals on 376 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 52 goals on 631 shots.
The Flames are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Flames are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Buffalo and the home team is 13-3-1 in the last 17 meetings.
I've been backing the Sabres quite a bit during this turnaround and cashing big on insane lines. No reason to jump off the money train just yet, as the value is once again on Buffalo at home.