Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Sabres vs Canucks Odds
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(1-1-1) Buffalo Sabres vs. Vancouver Canucks (3-0-0)
Date: Friday, October 20th
Time: 10 PM (EST)
Rogers Arena Vancouver, Canada
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Sabres +120 / Canucks -140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Sabres +1.5 -270 / Canucks -1.5 +230
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Canucks are taking advantage of an early season home stand and on their ice they have won their first 3 games of the season.
While they are not lighting it up on offense they are winning with solid defense allowing an average of less than 2 goals per game.
The Sabres have lost 2 of their first 3 games and their last one was a tough one losing to the Calgary Flames 4-3 in OT.
In their last game the Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in OT.
The Canucks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 home games against the Sabres.
Buffalo ranks 14th in the league in goals per game and 18th in opponents goals per game.
Ryan O’Reilly (3 goals 2 assists) and Rasmus Ristolainen (5 assists) lead the Sabres with 5 points apiece and Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta have each scored 2 goals apiece.
The Sabres have to better when holding leads as that has hurt them in the early part of the season. In the OT loss to Calgary in their last game they held the lead in the 3rd period twice and still lost the game.
GK Robin Lehner has started all 3 games this season for Buffalo and has a GAA of 3.33 and a save percentage of 89%. Backup Anders Nilsson may get the start tonight and in his career he is 10-13-2 with a GAA of 3.12 and a save percentage of 90.1%.
This season the Sabres are 1-0-1 on the road.
The Flames rank 16th in the league in goals per game and 23rd in goals allowed per game.
Many people picked Vancouver to be in the bottom of the Western Division on the season, but they have gotten off to a solid start. Their defense is why they are winning and in 3 games they have only allowed 5 goals.
It is very interesting the start for the Canucks, as they are 3-0, but they have not led in regulation in any of their games. In their first game they won in a shootout and in their last 2 they won in OT.
Ryan Miller is the #1 GK for the Canucks and while I am sure he would love to face his old team in the Sabres he is out for this game with a minor injury.
Jacob Markstrom will get his 3rd straight start in between the pipes for Vancouver and he has been solid on the season with a GAA of only 1.93. In the Canucks win over the Blues in their last game he stopped 23 of 24 shots.
The Canucks are still led by the Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik and they each have a goal and an assist this season.
Vancouver does not have a dynamic offense and on the season no player has more than 2 points and Bo Horvat is the only player that has scored more than one goal (2).
This season the Canucks are 3-0-0 at home.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- BUFF is 34-83 in their last 117 road games.
- BUFF is 13-47 in their last 60 vs. a team with a winning record.
- BUFF has an Over record of 6-1-4 in their last 11 road games.
- VAN is 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
- VAN is 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
Free Buffalo Sabres vs. Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey Prediction
Like all of their games this season this one will be a close one. Just like their other ones the Canucks will find a way to win.
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The Canucks’ defense will be the difference in this game, as while they will not score a bunch of goals they will keep the same from happening on their end of the ice.
Vancouver will continue to surprise with a another W keeping them unbeaten on the young season.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Vancouver 2, Buffalo 1
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