Colorado Avalanche vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2/26/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (29-25-8) at Colorado Avalanche (36-18-7)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -208 / Buffalo Sabres +186 --- Over/Under: 6
The Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 35 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 33 assists and Sam Reinhart has 127 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 82 goals on 798 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 17 games.
The Colorado Avalanche need a win after splitting their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 54 goals on 738 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Sabres are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog, 14-43 in their last 57 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Avalanche are 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 11-4 in their last 15 overall. The over is 4-1 in Sabres last 5 overall. The under is 9-1 in Avalanche last 10 overall. The Sabres are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado and 3-15 in the last 18 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I strongly considered the big plus money with a Buffalo Sabres that has returned from the dead and has an impressive last two weeks. However, the Colorado Avalanche should be the favorites at home, as they've been the more consistent team this season and have won five of the last six meetings against the Sabres. The Avalanche have also outscored the Sabres 15-2 in the last three meetings. It's hard not to side with the home team and the PL for added value.