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(28-45-6) Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres (31-39-10)
Date: Thursday, April 4th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Buffalo -165 | Ottawa +149
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6
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Two teams that will be playing simply for pride at this point in the season will meet on Thursday night as the Ottawa Senators will travel to meeting the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Senators were able to pick up a 4-0 win in their last meeting versus the Sabres on march 26th.
The Senators are in last place within the Atlantic division while entering this contest losers of four of their last seven games, overall. However, Ottawa has had problems defending opponents all season as they are ranked 31st in the league in shots per game along with goals allowed.
Brady Tkachuk scored his 21st goal of the year in a loss versus the Tampa Bay Lightning as he has posted a total of four goals in the last five for the Senators. Max Veronneau also posted a goal in the matchup as well as Ottawa had 24 shots on goal for the night.
However, Ottawa allowed just 28 shots for the Lightning as goalie Craig Anderson suffered his 24th loss of the season with 21 saves along with an .808 save percentage. Yanni Gourde scored two goals on the night while posting his 21st and 22nd goal of the year for Tampa Bay.
The defense will be without Mark Borowecki, who is out with an upper body injury for this contest. Ottawa has dropped three of their last four road outings.
The Sabres are just one game ahead of the Senators within the Atlantic division as they are losers of nine of their last ten games. In all, they are losers of eight straight games after a most recent loss to the Nashville Predators at home, their fourth straight home loss.
Kyle Okposo scored his second goal in four games for the Sabres while Jeff Skinner scored his 38th goal of the year for Buffalo in losing fashion. In all, they ended the game with 28 shots on goal compared to 35 for the Predators.
For the year, Buffalo is averaging just 2.7 goals per game while allowing teams to posted 3.3 goals per outing. Jack Eichel leads the team in points along with shots per game, yet, has posted goals in just two of the last eight games entering this contest.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Buffalo.
- Under is 12-4-2 in the last 18 meetings.
- Home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under
As stated, both teams have struggled in defending opponents throughout the year. In fact, they are each ranked in the bottom echelon of teams within the NHL. However, the offenses have also struggled this year as well, which allows me to feel that the under will be the strong play in this Thursday night matchup. It is for this reason that one should expect the Senators to pick up a slim 2-1 victory over a lifeless Sabres squad.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Senators 2 – Sabres 1
The Senators have played a bit better than the inconsistent Sabres entering this contest. Also, the Senators will be looking to pick up a second straight win over Buffalo on Thursday before they each put a bow on a difficult season.
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