Buffalo Sabres (24-18-6) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (28-17-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (Nationwide Arena)
Line and Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5 Over/Under: 6.0
ESPN NHL Scores Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
On tap tonight we have some NHL action as the Buffalo Sabres come into Columbus to visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Center. Although the Sabres put up a gallant effort, in their last game they were defeated 4-3 by the Vancouver Canucks. They had goals from Evan Rodrigues, Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart. The Sabres’ Linus Ullmark netted the loss as he allowed all four Vancouver goals. Unfortunately, the Columbus Blue Jackets are also headed to the All-Star Break with consecutive losses, including a 2-1 defeat against the Minnesota Wild. Artemi Panarin scored the only goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the power play in the second period.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are flanked by a number of important leaders on their team. First of all, they have Left Winger Artemi Panarin leading in total points with 53. A close second to him would be Cam Atkinson with 48 points. In the goals category the Blue Jackets have Cam Atkinson with 27 goals followed by Artemi Panarin with 19 and Pierre Luc-Dubois with 17. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has a 19-14-1 record and his backup Joonas Korpisalo has a 9-3-2 record. If any of these players show up tonight it could make life difficult for the Buffalo Sabres.
The team leaders for the Buffalo Sabres in goals would include Jeff Skinner with 30, Jack Eichel with 16, Sam Reinhart with 11 and Jason Pominville with 10. Leading the pack with assists would be Jack Eichel with 36 and Sam Reinhart with 33. Rasmus Ristolainen has also contributed with 25 assists. As far as points go, Eichel has 52 and Skinner and Reinhart both have 44.
Columbus Blue Jackets Trends
Columbus is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Columbus is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus’s last 5 games
Columbus is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Buffalo Sabres Trends
Buffalo is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Buffalo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 5 games
Buffalo is 15-2 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
ESPN NHL Picks Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres
I hate to break it to all of you Buffalo fans, but I like the Columbus Blue Jackets in this game for a number of reasons. First of all, I just don’t like Buffalo’s 1-4 SU in the last five games, nor do I like their 1-6 SU record on the road. When you couple that with the fact the Blue Jackets appear to be on the upswing with their recent SU record of 11-5 and that they have home ice advantage on their side and I just have to go with them. Is it possible that the Sabres could steal a win and escape out of Nationwide Arena? Sure. Strangers things have happened, folks. I don’t see it happening today. Sabres might make it close, but Columbus gets the “W”.