St. Louis Blues vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Blues vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (19-17-7) at St. Louis Blues (27-10-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues -201 / Buffalo Sabres +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.

The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 26 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 20 assists and Sam Reinhart has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 52 goals on 492 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 76 goals on 854 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

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The St. Louis Blues look for a win after winning nine of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 17 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 30 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 75 goals on 897 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 33 goals on 436 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.

The Sabres are 16-36 in their last 52 games as an underdog, 11-40 in their last 51 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Blues are 6-0 in their last 6 home games, 9-1 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The under is 6-1 in Sabres last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blues last 5 games as a favorite. The Sabres are 1-11 in the last 12 meetings in St. Louis and 5-20 in the last 25 meetings. The favorite is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres are back to their losing ways and you shouldn't expect it to end given their brutal track record on the road that dates back to last season. The St. Louis Blues are red hot once again and have won seven of the last 10 meetings against Buffalo. With all that said, the Sabres have won the last two contests against the Blues by a combined score of 9-5, and we've seen the potential in this club earlier this season. While the trends and current form suggests a comfortable win for the Blues, there's something about the big plus money that makes the Sabres an OK value bet. 

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Randy’s Pick Buffalo Sabres +180

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