Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (21-19-7) at Dallas Stars (27-15-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Stars -198 / Buffalo Sabres +178 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars meet Thursday in NHL action at the American Airlines Travel Center.

The Buffalo Sabres need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 27 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 24 assists and Sam Reinhart has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 57 goals on 526 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 81 goals on 906 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Dallas Stars look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Roope Hintz leads Dallas with 15 goals, Tyler Seguin has 24 assists and Alexander Radulov has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 61 goals on 852 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 38 goals on 562 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed two or less goals in eight straight games.

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The Sabres are 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog, 4-9 in their last 13 games following a win and 11-41 in their last 52 road games. The Stars are 13-4 in their last 17 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 overall. The under is 34-15-3 in Stars last 52 home games. The Sabres are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The home team is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Dallas Stars are playing far and away more consistent hockey and have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Sabres, so it's no surprise they're heavy favorites in this contest. However, the Buffalo Sabres have shown enough flashes throughout the year that make you want to take chances when they're massive underdogs. The trends aren't kind to the Sabres, but this is still a talented bunch and they're fresh off big wins over the Red Wings and Golden Knights. I'll take a shot with the big underdog. 

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Randy’s Pick Buffalo Sabres +178

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