Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (13-10-5) at Calgary Flames (13-12-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

The Line: Calgary Flames -157 / Buffalo Sabres +142 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 15 assists and Sam Reinhart has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 74.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 40 goals on 433 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 40 goals on 481 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

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The Calgary Flames look for another win after winning three of their last four games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 14 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 16 assists and Sean Monahan has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 62 goals on 731 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 20 goals on 187 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Sabres are 75-165 in their last 240 games as a road underdog, 18-40 in their last 58 games as an underdog and 17-41 in their last 58 road games. The Flames are 20-8 in their last 28 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-11 in their last 15 games following a win and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The over is 9-4 in Sabres last 13 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 4-0 in Flames last 4 home games. The Sabres are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Calgary. The favorite is 15-4 in the last 19 meetings. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres continue to pile up the losses, so while you continue to make a case for them given their hot start and assuming things will turn around, we're simply not seeing it. As for this game, five of the last seven meetings between the Sabres and Flames have gone into overtime and six of the last nine meetings have produced six or more goals. The Buffalo Sabres have some defensive issues they need to figure out. I'll side with the over in this contest. 

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