Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (27-16-8) at Buffalo Sabres (22-22-7)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +113 / Columbus Blue Jackets -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to build on their six-game winning streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 16 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 23 assists and Seth Jones has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 45 goals on 610 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t allowed more than three goals since December 14.

The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 30 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 26 assists and Sam Reinhart has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 59 goals on 559 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.

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The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win, 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Sabres are 21-48 in their last 69 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 17-51 in their last 68 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 6-1 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The under is 2-0-2 in Sabres last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on fire at the moment, but I'd consider the Sabres and the plus money at home, as ridiculous stretches in hockey always get tripped up eventually. However, the under is the direction I'm leaning in this contest. The Blue Jackets aren't allowing anything easy on the defensive end and have feasted on under during this six-game winning streak, and the under has been a popular trend when these two teams meet as well. Four of the last eight games between the Blue Jackets and Sabres have produced five or less goals. Give me the under.

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