Winnipeg Jets vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (29-28-8) at Winnipeg Jets (33-28-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bell MTS Place)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under:
The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 35 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 33 assists and Sam Reinhart has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 88 goals on 859 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 20 games.
The Winnipeg Jets need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 33 goals, Mark Scheifele has 42 assists and Blake Wheeler has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 135 goals on 1,665 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 54 goals on 512 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 16 games.
The Sabres are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Winnipeg. The favorite is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres have won six of the last nine meetings against the Jets, including a 2-1 victory just last week. The problem is the Sabres can't seem to make up their mind on what team they want to be, as right when they show progress, they lose three straight and go back to being in the red on the season. The Winnipeg Jets aren't the most consistent team in the world themselves and are going through a losing stretch as well, but they've been more trustworthy overall and have actually been quite profitable. I'll side with the Jets on their home ice.