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Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/25/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres (13-26-9) at Vancouver Canucks (19-23-6)
Date & Time Thursday January 25, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -145 / Buffalo Sabres +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG-Buffalo
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NHL action comes to Rogers Arena where the Vancouver Canucks host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The Buffalo Sabres have 13 wins at this point in the season and management has to be thinking about changes that need to be made for improvement. Buffalo has won consecutive contests after drubbing the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 behind dominant performances at both ends of the ice. Cam Talbot took the loss for the Oilers with 18 saves with Al Montoya stopping 11-12 in relief.

Ryan O’Reilly paced the Sabres offensive explosion with two goals with Sam Reinhart, Zemgus Girgensons and Jack Eichel joining the scoring column. Eichel added three assists with three others posting two helpers each to make an easy winner of Robin Lehner and his 33 saves which helped Buffalo to back to back wins for the second time this season.

The Vancouver Canucks have time to make a run at the postseason but in reality the team is on the outside looking in at the playoffs at 7th in the Pacific. Vancouver will be aiming for consecutive victories after routing the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on Tuesday. Alex Iafallo and Anze Kopitar scored for Los Angeles who trailed 4-1 after one period.

Loui Eriksson and Brock Boeser topped the Canucks offensive explosion with a pair of goals each with Thomas Vanek and Sven Baertschi also lighting the lamp. Vanek and Bo Horvat gave Vancouver two assists each and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves. Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 19 shots to get the loss for the Kings while Darcy Kuemper stopped 15-16 in relief. 

Sabres are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific and Sabres are 1-7 in their last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Canucks are 1-7 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and over is 6-1 in Canucks last 7 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Vancouver and Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings. 

Don’t be shocked by what happens between two struggling teams but I’m going with the over based on both teams scoring at will in their previous game…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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