Buffalo Sabres vs. Edmonton Oilers - 1/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (21-17-4) at Buffalo Sabres (17-17-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -115 / Edmonton Oilers +104 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Edmonton Oilers need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 23 goals, Connor McDavid has 42 assists and James Neal has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 55 goals on 513 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 70 goals on 793 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed a combined 14 goals in their last three games.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 25 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 19 assists and Sam Reinhart has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 52 goals on 492 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 72 goals on 793 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Oilers are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Sabres are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home favorite. The over is 3-0-2 in Oilers last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Sabres last 5 overall. The Oilers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 7-3-2 in the last 12 meetings in Buffalo.
Both of these teams are playing losing hockey so there's reason to consider the Edmonton Oilers and the plus money. However, the Buffalo Sabres have played their best by far on their home ice and they've actually won five of the last seven meetings against the Oilers. Knowing that, it makes siding with the Sabres at home and the cheap price much more appealing. I'll take the home team at this price.