Dallas Stars (23-20-8) at Buffalo Sabres (15-34-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 7, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +178 / Dallas Stars -198 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres meet late Saturday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Dallas Stars have split their last 10 games and begin a three-game road trip. The Stars are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have scored five power play goals in their last three games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 28 goals, Jamie Benn has 31 assists and Trevor Daley has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 124 goals on 1,290 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 29 goals on 232 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres have won just one game in over a month and haven’t won a home game since December 27th. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have scored two power play goals in their last three games and have lost four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 13 goals, Tyler Ennis has 18 assists and Chris Stewart has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 116 goals on 1,171 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 56 goals on 602 shots.
The Stars are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 0-6 in their last 6 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Stars are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Buffalo and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
While the Sabres have played well recently at home against winning teams, they've won just one game in over a month. I hate big chalk, but the Stars winning this game is as close to a lock as you're getting in hockey.