The Carolina Hurricanes will look to get off the snide against the Buffalo Sabres at home tonight. They are on a three-game losing streak with losses in five of their last six attempts. Their only win since losing on November 22 has been to the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-3.
In their toughest defeat yet, the last-place Ottawa Senators went to Raleigh and beat the Hurricanes on Thursday, 3-2. Can I fault them too much for that loss? The Hurricanes put 49 shots against a leaky Anton Forsberg.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 4, 2021
Forsberg had a GAA eclipsing 4.00 going into that game and he turned into a Vezina candidate for a night. There’s not much to do when you run into a hot goaltender. The Senators had just 20 shots, with Antti Raanta allowing 3 goals for a 0.85 save percentage.
You have to give the Senators credit for that gutsy win on the road, though. As a team that is apparently a contender, the Hurricanes have to find a way to win those scrappy games. With the loss, they have slipped to 15-6-1 and 50 points for third in the Metropolitan Division.
That’s a quick flip of the script, as the Hurricanes were leading the Metropolitan not too long back. That’s what happens early in the season. It’s not hard to get caught up in a bad run and regress in the standings through the first few months.
Everything shakes out with the best rising to the top and pretenders fading in the second-half. The Hurricanes don’t want to be known as a pretender. Their opponent tonight is in rebuild mode in Buffalo.
The Sabres go into this evening with a record of 8-12-3. They had some juice and motivation after the Jack Eichel trade, but the Sabres need to go back to the gas station and fill up.
Buffalo has a loss in seven of their last eight outings. They are coming off a shoddy defensive effort in a 7-4 loss to the Panthers on Thursday. This was after a loss 7-4 at home to the Kraken.
They need to be better defensively in Raleigh. That goes without saying. Head below for our free Sabres vs. Hurricanes pick on December 4, 2021.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Buffalo Sabres||+1.5 (+115)||+264||Over 6 (-105)|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-1.5 (-135)||-300||Under 6 (-105)|
|Team Data||Buffalo Sabres||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Goals Per Game||2.91||3.14|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.27||3.65|
|Shots Per Game||29.13||33.68|
|Shots Against Per Game||34.0||27.27|
Sabres vs. Hurricanes Prediction:
The Hurricanes’ defense held up well again in their loss to the Senators. Raanta saw only 20 shots in his crease. He has to be better.
Carolina is third in the NHL with 2.3 goals against per game. They held the opposition to a low shot total for another game as well.
The ‘Canes have allowed 27.3 shots per game going into Saturday night. That’s good for the lead in the league. The power play hasn’t been working for their opponents as well.
Their penalty kill is third best in the NHL with a success rate of 88.1%. Expect the same aggressive defense at home tonight.
Buffalo has been one of the worst in the league at putting shots on net, with 29.1 per game for 24th in the NHL.
"Very excited for the opportunity here…I couldn't wait to get here and get on the ice. It's great timing, for sure."
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) December 3, 2021
Anton Forsberg put together his best performance of the season together the other night, and the Sabres may need the same from the newly acquired Malcolm Subban who is probable.
Dustin Tokarski is in Covid-19 protocol, so there’s a chance we see the former Blackhawk in action right away with his new team. Subban has a 3.20 GAA and 0.90 save percentage in 16 attempts this year.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends:
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus the Eastern Conference
- 20-67 overall in their previous 87 games on the road
- 1-7 overall in their previous eight games on the road
- 0-4 overall in their previous four games on a Saturday
- 0-5 overall in their previous five games at Carolina
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games
- 6-2 overall in their previous eight games versus a team versus a team with a winning percentage less than 40%
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games on a Saturday
- 25-10 overall in their previous 35 games when their opponent allows more than 5 goals
- 62-30 overall in their previous 92 games as a favorite at Carolina
This game probably comes down to if the Sabres can get a hot goaltending performance in their crease. Carolina is going to come hard to end this streak. They did versus the Senators, but just ran into a wall.
Buffalo has struggled mightily on the road defensively. They have allowed 3.9 goals per game as a visitor in the 2021-22 campaign. Conversely, the ‘Canes have allowed only 2.1 per game at home.
Frederik Andersen is scheduled to start after Raanta struggled Thursday. Andersen has been a nice get for the Hurricanes. He goes into this one with a 2.05 GAA and 0.928 save percentage.
Andersen looks motivated following the Leafs opting to go with Jack Campbell in the crease. I’m going with the Hurricanes to put their season back on track tonight.