Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg Jets - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Winnipeg Jets (32-26-5) at Buffalo Sabres (28-25-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +100 / Winnipeg Jets -121 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to rebound from a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last time out. Philly took the lead just over two minutes into the game and doubled the lead just after the nine-minute mark of the opening frame. Philadelphia pushed the lead to 3-0 just with just over five minutes to go in the 2nd before Josh Morrissey pulled one back for Winnipeg just 3:14 later. Patrik Laine cut the deficit to 3-2 just three minutes into the 3rd, but that’s as close as the Jets got as Philadelphia would restore the two-goal cushion just before the halfway mark of the 3rd period and would ride that lead all the way to the finish line. Connor Hellebuyck took the loss, falling to 26-19-5 on the year after stopping 26 of 30 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to build on a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh last time out. Zemgus Girgensons opened the scoring just :14 into the game before Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals 4:03 apart. Pittsburgh pulled one back with the lone goal of the 2nd period but the Sabres would surge ahead 5-1 with goals from Jeff Skinner and Eichel (again). Pittsburgh pulled a consolation goal back with just over two minutes to go, but it was too little too late as the Sabres coasted to the win. Carter Hutton got the win, improving to 12-10-4 on the year after stopping 41 of 43 shots faced in the win.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
I get the allure of Buffalo with even/plus money at home, but I think oddsmakers are as tired as I am of trying to figure out which Buffalo team is going to show up on a game in and game out basis. One thing is for sure though, and that is that I don’t have a ton of faith in Buffalo sending their backup in goal, and if Winnipeg uses theirs here too, at least Brossoit has seen a fair share of action this season. I just like Winnipeg a lot more here, so I’ll lay the juice with the Jets on the road in this one.