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Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/18/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres at Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time Friday January 18, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rogers Arena
800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
The Line
Vancouver Canucks -122; O/U: 6
TV Channel
SNP
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The Buffalo Sabres continue their Western Canada road swing with a date with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday evening.

The Sabres look to salvage their road swing heading into the weekend with a victory against the Canucks in Vancouver on Friday night and with a victory the Sabres would continue their recent success against the Pacific division which is currently sitting at 6-1 in their last 7 contests. Buffalo has surprised many people this season with how much success they have had and at the moment their chances of making the playoffs remains cautiously optimistic as they would go from drafting with the first overall selection and into a playoff spot in less than a calendar year. The Sabres are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win so they have battled consistency over the last couple of weeks but they face a Canucks side who is 1-4 in their last 5 games and haven’t been playing their best hockey.

The Canucks have beaten up on teams at home when their opponent struggles to win games on the road but they have had their issues against teams from the Atlantic division as they are 2-5 in their last 7 games. Vancouver has had a ton of success at home against the Sabres though as they are 9-2-1 in their last 12 games at home against Buffalo and the home team is 17-6-1 in the last 24 meetings overall between these two sides which gives a ton of confidence to Vancouver backers in this spot. Vancouver has struggled on Friday nights with a 1-6 mark in their last 7 games but face a Sabres team that is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall.

The Sabres are 1-6 in their last 7 games on one day’s rest and 8-3 in their last 11 against the Western Conference while the Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 against a team with a winning record and have hit the Over in just 2 of their last 11 games. Buffalo is the deeper team and while the Canucks have had their number on home ice look for an inspired effort from Buffalo to finish off their Western Canada swing.

Pick:
Buffalo Sabres +102
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