Buffalo Sabres vs Columbus Blue Jackets prediction
Despite all those injuries this season, the Jackets are playing great hockey. They stick together as a defensive unit, even more than before all those missings. They have a great coach in Tortorella and the Jackets allow just 2.4 goals per game which is the best in the NHL. They have a strong special teams, in particular their Kill: 83.2 PK% which is the 6th best.
Elvis is getting his rest, but Kivlenieks did well in his two games this season: 1.49 GAA / 0.94 Sv%. One of those games was against this Sabres team indeed in which he allowed 2 goals.
Forwards Wennberg ( 20 points ), Texier ( 13 points ), Jones ( 30 points for a def ) and Atkinson ( 26 points ) are all injured out.
-Under is 11-3 in Blue Jackets last 14 games playing on 2 days rest.
-Under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 road games.
The Sabres are playing solid 'D at home this season with a 527 SCA ( 9th ), 4.73 xGA ( 10th ). However, they are not playing great on the offensive side. They have in Buffalo a 4.61 xGF ( 29th ).
Hutton recorded a 0.99 GAA / 0.95 Sv% against the Jackets this season.
-Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Buffalo.
Hence backing the under.
Buffalo Sabres vs Columbus Blue Jackets betting tips
Under 5.5 (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.71 at Bet365
Result: 4-3 LOST (-8 units)
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