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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(17-23-8) Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres (22-20-7)
Date: Tuesday, January 28th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo NY
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Senators +153 | Sabres -184
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Sabres -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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It’s a new dawn for both Ottawa and Buffalo as the all-star break fades into the rear view and the second half of the NHL season gets underway. The break had to be good for the Sens’ who won just 1 of 10 prior to the layoff.
Both teams are fresh coming into Tuesday’s game, but it’s definitely the Sabres with more to play for. Buffalo needs a run to even think about the playoffs as they are 10 points out of the wild card as it stands.
There are few teams easier to get a win against than Ottawa. The Senators did go into the break with a win, but it was their first in regulation since before Christmas.
As expected with a team that has 42 points on the season, 3rd worst in the NHL, there is trouble on both ends of the ice for the Senators. Ottawa is 23rd in goals scored – and 29th in goals against.
Luckily for the Sens’ Buffalo doesn’t do anything extra impressive. The Sabres were playing some great defense before the break though which is why Tuesday’s total of 6.5 seems extremely on the high side.
If oddsmakers are expecting as much scoring as the betting total indicates, either Ottawa is a high payout at +153 or the Sabres should be considered a puck line play – depending on who it is that puts the puck in the net.
If there were ever a time for Ottawa to have momentum, it would be in the 1st game off the break – especially after beating Calgary 5-2 last time out as +147 underdogs.
Despite the all-star break just wrapping up, the NHL season is really almost closer to being 2/3 over with rather than the halfway point. In that case, games like Tuesday vs. Ottawa are must-win for Buffalo to close the 10 point gap.
Buffalo has gone 14-6-3 at home this season. The price for the win on Tuesday is up there at -184, but there’s still some value considering Ottawa is just 5-15-4 going away on the year.
The Sabres did find some good offense prior to the break which is a reason why Tuesday’s total is pushing 7. Before dropping a 1-2 game in Nashville on 1/18, Buffalo netted 13 goals in the three games prior.
The home team has won six straight in this series. That includes the Sens notching a 3-1 win in Ottawa on December 23rd. Ottawa has won 3 of the 6 over that span, but alas are on the road in this one which makes them a tough wager.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Senators are 1-5 last 6 in Buffalo
- Home team is 6-0 last 6 H2H meetings
- Senators are 15-49 last 64 road games
- Sabres are 8-3 last 11 home games
Free Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres NHL Prediction:
Buffalo is pretty much a shoe-in here coming off a long break. Anything over -150 in hockey (or baseball) just doesn’t offer great ROI though.
This total is way too high, which should push us towards the ‘under.’ Most times the O/U is off like this though, it ends up being a high scoring game. Pure line reading here in a 4-3 finale.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 6.5
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