Buffalo Sabres (24-30-7) at San Jose Sharks (32-21-6)
|Date & Time||Friday February 26, 2016, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -250 / Buffalo Sabres +222 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Sabres look to shake off a disappointing 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday as they continue their California road trip against the San Jose Sharks.
The Sabres had one of their best games of the season on Wednesday night against the red hot Anaheim Ducks and while they couldn’t find the scoresheet they did keep the Ducks to just a single goal in what was a pretty gutsy effort for a team sitting in second to last in the Atlantic division. Buffalo is not a great team quite yet but they certainly have the pieces in place to be a great team in a few years and with Robin Lehner in full health and retaking his spot as the team’s starting goaltender they have looked very good and could play spoiler to some playoff hopefuls down the stretch. Buffalo is 13-13-4 on the road this season and will send Lehner to the crease as he will face off against Martin Jones who will look to give the Sharks their 12th win of the season at home.
The San Jose Sharks remain one of the league’s biggest anomalies as they continue to struggle when playing at home but light it up on the road and while a team’s ability to generate points away from home is a sign of a Cup contender you would still like to see them put up the same effort in front of their own fans. The Sharks are an inconsistent bunch but sit 11 games above .500 and are in third place in the Pacific division but getting through the likes of Anaheim and Los Angeles in the playoffs doesn’t seem like a great path and one I don’t think San Jose is up for. However, if they do land in the three hole they would have road ice advantage which for them may be the key to success as they somehow find ways to play their best hockey on the road. This should be a great game and one that could be closer than people think and while I am not willing to take Buffalo on the money line I do think it’ll be close and as such I think the under comes in.