Buffalo Sabres (7-17-5) at St. Louis Blues (20-8-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 10, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -200 / Buffalo Sabres +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Scottrade Center and the St. Louis Blues host the Buffalo Sabres in a Sunday NHL matchup.
As the lowest scoring team in the game the Buffalo Sabres have to control the scoreboard but that has been an issue with losses in eight of ten following a 3-2, overtime defeat at the Chicago Blackhawks in their third straight road contest. Buffalo did control the scoreboard against the always dangerous Blackhawks offense but they couldn’t capitalize with Kyle Okposo and Jason Pominville doing the scoring.
The Chicago offense received regulation goals off the sticks of Alex DeBrincat on the power play with Tommy Wingels while shorthanded with just 3:22 left in the game. Gustav Forsling tallied the winner with less then five seconds left in the extra session to help the Blackhawks avoid a shootout. Corey Crawford made 28 stops to pick up the win while Robin Lehner recorded 48 saves for the Sabres.
The St. Louis Blues are looking for a hot streak to rack up two more points. St. Louis had dropped three straight but have followed three consecutive victories capped off by a 6-1 win versus the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night where both ends of the ice were dominant. The Red Wings lone goal came from Frans Nielsen while Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on ten shots before Petr Mrazek came on to stop ten shots.
The balanced Blues attack featured scoring from Jaden Schwartz, Jay Bouwmeester, Brayden Schenn, Scottie Upshaw, Vladimir Sobotka and Dmitrij Jaskin. Alex Pietrangelo added a pair of helper to make an easy winner of Jake Allen and his 28 saves.
Over is 4-0-2 in Sabres last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 6-0-1 in Sabres last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and Sabres are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 4-0 in Blues last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 5-0 in Blues last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-0-1 in Blues last 6 Sunday games. Sabres are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings and Sabres are 3-17 in the last 20 meetings.
I think we have two teams going in opposite directions and hopefully it stays that way. I’ll back the Blues but no line has been released so I’ll be knocking the juice down…