Buffalo Sabres (10-24-9) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (25-16-3)
NHL: Thursday, January 11th, 7:00 PM @KeyBank Stadium
Line: Buffalo Sabres +136/Columbus Blue Jackets -150
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are currently second in their division and fourth overall in the Eastern Conference. They are proving that last year was no fluke, amassing 53 points in 44 games. Interestingly, they have score the same amount of gold as they have given up with 121. Columbus will be looking to continue their winning streak and increase it to three tonight. Artemi Panarin leads the team with 25 assists and 36 points, while Josh Anderson is the leading goal-scorer on the team with 14. Anderson also has the most game winning goals with four, and Panarin has the most power play points with ten. The starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky currently has a 2.40 GAA on the season and a 92.2 save percentage. Despite giving up no more than three goals in their last seven out of ten games, they have only managed to split their last ten matches.
The Buffalo Sabres are still a work in progress. As it stands right now, they are the bottom feeders of the Eastern Conference with only 29 points in 43 games. That is exactly ten points behind the next worse team in the East. The Sabres have still yet to score 100 goals on the season and their goal differential is a horrid -54, worst in the NHL. Buffalo will be looking to right the ship tonight after losing their past 10 of 12 games. Jack Eichel, taken second overall behind Connor McDavid in the 2015 draft, leads the team in goals, assists, and points on the year. Robin Lehner has been the primary goalie for the Sabres this season with a 2.94 GAA and a 91.0 save percentage. However, no player on the team has a positive +/- ratio.
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Based on the numbers, the only bright spot for Buffalo is that Columbus is just over a .500 team on the road. When facing head-to-head, Columbus has scored at least three goals in the past six games.