Sabres vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 2/23/24

Columbus Blue Jackets (18-27-10) vs Buffalo Sabres (25-27-4)

Game Info: Friday, February 23, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +103 / Buffalo Sabres -128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets face off on Friday in a NHL showdown at Nationwide Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Blue Jackets vs Sabres prediction.

Sabres Looks to Build on Last Game

The Sabres faced off against the Montreal Canadiens in the last game and they were able to secure a 3-2 victory. Two games ago against the Anaheim Ducks, the Sabres scored three goals and they ended up losing by a goal. The Sabres are averaging 2.93 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.05 goals per game. Casey Mittelstadt has scored 13 goals and added 31 assists so far this season. 

Blue Jackets Offense Sure Was Strong

The Blue Jackets in the last game faced off against the Anaheim Ducks in the last game, and they were able to secure the 7-4 victory. Sean Kuraly had a strong game scoring two goals. Johnny Gaudreau had a strong game, putting up a goal and two assists. The Blue Jackets on the season are averaging 2.96 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.73 goals per game. The offense is ranked 21st while the defense is ranked 31st. Johnny Gaudreau has scored eight goals and added 32 assists so far this season. The Blue Jackets will meet the Rangers, Hurricanes, and Blackhawks after this one.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Boone Jenner has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Boone Jenner has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Sabres.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in eight of his last nine appearances against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Alexandre Texier has recorded two assists against the Sabres this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Tage Thompson has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances against the Blue Jackets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least one point in each of his last nine appearances with his team as a favorite against the Blue Jackets.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has recorded at least one assist in six of the Sabres' last seven games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Rasmus Dahlin ranks 1st in the Atlantic Division for average time on ice (25:28) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 31st in the league for goals against per game this season (3.73).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (13.92%).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 27th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.91%).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 32nd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (1.20).

Sabres vs Blue Jackets Betting Prediction

Both of these offenses have been inconsistent so far this season, and that is going to continue to be the case again in this game. The Sabres are averaging 2.93 goals while the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.96 goals per game. Look for both offenses to really struggle here, and this game is going to stay under the total. This game is going to finish with only two or three goals total. Back the under to cash here. I am also throwing a few dollars on under 4.5 goals. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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