Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Sabres vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(31-32-12) Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (48-19-7)
Date: Tuesday March 28th, 2017
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Columbus -235
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Columbus -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Buffalo, on the second night of a back-to-back after facing the Florida Panthers, head to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.
Columbus, coming off a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, will look for its second win in a row and its sixth in the last eight games, when the Buffalo Sabres come to town.
Buffalo has not had a good year, despite having one of the NHL’s better scorers this season. The Sabres rank 24th in the league in goals, averaging just 2.51 goals per game. Second-year center Jack Eichel has been the team’s best skater by far, despite starting the year on the injured reserve list.
Eichel has 23 goals and 30 assists in 54 games this season, averaging just under a point a game on a poor offensive team. In his last five games, he has three goals and two assists.
Evander Kane has been a great goal-scorer for the Sabres as well. He has 26 goals and 14 assists, including a goal over his last five games. He doesn’t have a single assist, however.
Defensively, this team ranks 20th in the NHL in goals against. Buffalo gives up 2.88 goals per game and the goaltending has left a lot to be desired. Starter Robin Lehner has had a disappointing year, posting a 21-23-8 record with a 2.64 goals against average.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are having its franchise-best season this year, tallying 48 wins with eight games left on the schedule. The team is in the top-five in both goals and goals against, while also having an All-Star & Vezina Trophy candidate in Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Blue Jackets rank 5th in the NHL in goals, averaging 3.14 goals per game. The team’s scoring is led by Cam Atkinson, who has 33 goals and 27 assists. In his last five games, he’s been in a bit of a slump, tallying just a single goal and no assists.
Defensively, Columbus ranks 2nd in goals against, giving up just 2.31 goals per game. Starting goaltending Sergei Bobrovsky is having the best season of his career, posting a 40-13-5 record with a 1.99 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Buffalo is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 games
- Columbus is 8-3 SU in the last 11 games
Free Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Prediction:
Columbus shouldn’t have much trouble winning this game against a Buffalo team that can’t find consistency on either side of the ice or in goal. The Sabres will have a tough time keeping this one close and Columbus should come away with the W.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Columbus ATS
Buffalo has been horrendous on both sides of the ice and will have a tough time keeping up with the Blue Jackets. Columbus should cover the spread in this one thanks to great goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky and solid play from its forwards.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Buffalo 2 – Columbus 4
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