Sabers vs Colorado by 20Legend
Buffalo Sabers (22-28-6) was finally able to quit their terrible losing streak of late (0-2-2) as they managed to beat Montreal Canadiens (6-4) in regular time. After conceding an early goal, The Sabers was able to hit back twice in the first period making it 2-1. Two goals in quick succession inside the first two minutes of the second period made it look surprisingly easy for them, but it was far from over. Despite The Sabers adding another goal inside the second period, The Canes was also able to hit back with three goals as well. The match then turned in to a nerve-wrecking contest in the last period. However, it was a lot of happy faces to spot after Evander Kane scored the empty-net winner inside the last minute of the game. The poor defensive trend of late is Buffalo Sabers big problem as their last three games have ended with 18 goals conceded.
Colorado Avalanche (29-25-4) has continued their impressive stretch of wins away from home this season as they have won the last two matches. Their first win came against Ottawa Senators (3-4) and followed by a shootout win against Detroit Red Wings (2-3). Their last match was a rather impressive one from goaltender Varlamov who has a 2.64 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. Colorado Avalanche were outshot 45-21, but was still able to take the win much because of Varlamov’s performance. The Avalanche did not practice yesterday, but it is still expected that Varlamov will get another chance tonight. Colorado Avalanche has won seven of their last eight matches away from home now, and will clearly be looking to take another here.
The Sabers is clearly struggling defensively these days having conceded 18 goal from their last three games as mentioned. The Avs shows a very good form when playing away from home, but they are also involved in high-scoring matches. The head-to-head story between them does not lie either as seven of the eight latest meetings has gone passed the mark of 5.5 goals. Despite Varlamov’s recent monster-form against The Canadiens, I still predict quite a few goals tonight, and with the line being on 5.0 it will be my pick here.