Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (27-24-8) at Ottawa Senators (20-28-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under:
The Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 33 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 31 assists and Sam Reinhart has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 74 goals on 716 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 14 games.
The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with 22 goals, Thomas Chabot has 28 assists and Anthony Duclair has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 73 goals on 736 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 58 goals on 628 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Sabres are 13-42 in their last 55 road games, 2-10 in their last 12 games as a road favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Senators are 30-66 in their last 96 games as an underdog, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 34-72 in their last 106 overall. The under is 4-1 in Senators last 5 home games. The Sabres are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres haven't had much success on the road this season, but they're the better team here overall and are showing signs of putting things back together as of late. The Ottawa Senators are still comfortably the second worst team in the league to back this season and haven't won back to back games since November 20-22. That's pretty bad, folks. I have to side with the Buffalo Sabres for the rare road victory.