Buffalo Sabres (17-7-3) vs. Nashville Predators (18-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 3, 2018 (Bridgestone Arena)
Line and Odds: Nashville Predators -1.5 Over/Under: 5.5
Free NHL Pick Buffalo Sabres vs. Nashville Predators
The Buffalo Sabres continue to look for as many opportunities as possible to stand out from the crowd even though they have won ten out of their last twelve. They are facing off against the Nashville Predators, who have split their wins and losses within the last ten games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 3 goals per game and are allowing an average of 2.8 goals per game. The Nashville Predators are averaging about 3.3 goals per game and are allowing about 2.4 goals per game. Considering the statistics, this should be a fun game to watch and wager on.
The Buffalo Sabres are led by Jeff Skinner who has 20 goals, Jack Eichel with 27 assists and Jason Pominville with an astounding 57 shots on goal. The Sabres also have a decent crew of goalies, with Carter Hutton giving up 51 goals versus 615 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has let in 20 goals on 273 shots faced. The Sabres’ defense continues to step up to the plate, having only allowed 2 in nine of their last eleven games. Besides all this, the Sabres also keep on working on taking advantage of their power-play opportunities, having taken advantage on 19.5 percent of them.
Filip Forsberg is the team leader of the Predators in goals scored with a total of 14. He is flanked by Ryan Johansen with 18 assists and Roman Josi has 102 shots at the goal. As far as the power play opportunity goes, the Predators are fairly evenly matched with the Sabres; they allow 19.8 of goals to the opposing team in this situation. Predators goalie Peka Rinne has given up 32 goals out of 485 opportunities and his backup Juuse Saros have allowed 32 goals out of 293 shots at the net. The Predators also have a bit of a solid defense, allowing less than three in eight out of their last nine games.
Buffalo Sabres Trends
Buffalo is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Buffalo is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 5 games
Buffalo is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Buffalo is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Nashville Predators Trends
Nashville is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Nashville is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 6 games at home
Nashville is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Nashville is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Buffalo
Free NHL Parlays Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres
Although this admittedly could be somewhat of a tough call, I would have to give the Sabres a slight edge in this one simply because I like their solid offense. I like the production that has been coming from their big three and I also like how well their goalies have played. Of course, the oddsmakers like the fact that the Predators have played so well at home, and that’s probably why they have made them the favorites. I do, however, feel like there is a possibility this game will be close. This might be a good match-up for betting against the spread if you so desire.
Pick: Buffalo Sabres +1.5