Chicago Blackhawks vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 17 (1/17): NHL

Chicago Blackhawks vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 17 (1/17): NHL

 

Odds

Time 8:30 p.m. EST
Sabres money line -181
Sabres spread -1.5 (+136)
Blackhawks  money line +165
Blackhawks spread +1.5 (-163)
Over / under 6.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Buffalo Sabres Chicago Blackhawks
Record 21-19-2 11-26-4
Home / road record 12-7 8-15-2
Streak L1 L1
Goals per game 4.00 2.75
Goals allowed per game 3.43 3.30
Shots per game 32.5 29.0
Shots allowed per game 33.5 31.2
PP % 29.6% 16.10%
PK % 28.22% 10.80%
Over / under record 24-17-1 20-20-1
 

Preview

The Buffalo Sabres continue at home and will host the Philaldelphia Blackhawks at the KeyBank Center on Monday night. These teams faced each other 3 times last season and the Sabres won the 3 games.

 

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres get here with a 20-15-2 record after beating the  Minnesota Wild 6-5 at home. Buffalo has a 12-7-0 record on the road and a 21-19-2 record overall. The Sabres have scored 159 total goals (3.8 per game) to rank third in league play.

Tage Thompson has 31 goals and 27 assists for the Sabres. Alex Tuch has scored six goals and added five assists over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Sabres are 5-5-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have lost 7 games in a row and are 4-6-2 at home ranking 8th in the Atlantic division. Chicago is 8-15-2 at home and 11-26-4 overall. The Blackhawks have a -58 scoring differential, with 94 total goals scored and 152 allowed.

Max Domi has 13 goals and 17 assists for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane has scored four goals with two assists over the last 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Blackhawks are 4-6-0, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.6 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game

 

BETTING TRENDS

Buffalo are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

Buffalo are 4-15 SU in their last 19 games against Chicago.

Buffalo are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

Buffalo are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Chicago.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games.

Chicago are 4-14 SU in their last 18 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games against Buffalo.

 

Prediction

The Sabres have lost 4 of their last 5 games and have struggled offensively scoring 2.3 goals per game on that strecht and they have struggled against the Blackhawks on the road losing in 10 of the last 11 games there. The Blackhawks have won 3 of their last 4 games and beat the Avs and the Flames. The wrong team is favored here so go with Chicago at home.

PICK: Blackhawks ML +165 (-110) 

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