NHL Friday Game Previews
Tonight in Buffalo, the Sabres host the favored Chicago Blackhawks, who lead the Central Division and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Chicago Blackhawks (17-9-3) at Buffalo Sabres (19-9-2)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Blackhawks as the favorite posted at -120 with the Sabres posted at Even with a total of 5.5 goals. They also have a puck line for this game with the Blackhawks at (-1.5) +240 and the Sabres at (+1.5) -290.
This season the Sabres are 10-5-2 at home and the Blackhawks are 7-4-2 on the road.
Even though Buffalo has solid G Ryan Miller, who leads the NHL in GAA (1.82) and save percentage (93.8%), he may get a rest in this game and former Chicago G Patrick Lalime may get the start.
Buffalo will need for Lalime and their whole defense to play well in this game, as they only rank 20th this season in scoring (2.64 goals per game).
Lalime has a 4.55 GAA in three appearances this season and hasn't played since giving up five goals at Ottawa back on November 21st.
Chicago ranks 11th in the league in scoring (2.90 goals per game), but their offense has struggled lately only scoring six goals in their last nine games.
The Sabres’ defense has to play good all around defense, as the Blackhawks do not have one guy who pours in the goals, but they do have to worry about Patrick Kane, who leads Chicago in assists (19) and points (28).
Actually, the same can be said about the Sabres, as they do not have a dynamic goal scorer, but Derek Roy leads them in both assists (17) and points (23).
Blackhawks’ G Cristobal Huet has been mediocre this season with a GAA of 2.18 and a save percentage of 90.7%. He did not play well in his last game only stopping 19 of 23 shots in a loss to the Nashville Predators.
Saturday NHL moneyline preview
San Jose Sharks vs. Phoenix Coyotes
The Sharks lead the Pacific Division and the Coyotes are in third place in the division. Both teams are playing well recently, and the high scoring Sharks have to figure out a way to score on a Coyotes’ defense that has given up the second fewest goals in the Western Conference.
Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators
The Red Wings are only 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and they are now in fourth place in the Central Division. The Predators are in second place in the division and they are playing well going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
Sunday NHL odds
Tampa Bay Lighting vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay is .500 as of Friday, but they are struggling lately only going 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. They are having trouble scoring and this season they have given up 12 more goals than they have scored. Chicago is in first place in the Central Division and they are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games as of Friday.
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche
The Flames are in first place in the Northwest Division and they are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Their defense has been solid all season, as they have allowed the third fewest goals in the Western Conference. The Avalanche only trail the Flames by one point in the division, but they are not playing well as of late only winning four of their last 10 games (4-3-3).