There was a time shortly ago that the Buffalo Sabres were playing like a competitive hockey team that was worth a spot on the ice with other NHL teams. They actually put together a nice little run after starting the season off in dreadful fashion. That has all gone out the window recently, as the Sabres have reverted to playing like an AHL team. I had a feeling they were going to hit a wall again, but I thought they would be able to toss a win in here and there regardless of their deficiencies. During that run the Sabres were scoring goals on offense; however, have been finding it difficult to get an offense going of late. That was how the season started off for them, and have tailed off to that point once again. For a team on the Sabres’ level it is important that clubs show gradual improvement throughout the season. However, they’ve unfortunately gone back to their old ways. They’ll look to stop the bleeding tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes don’t have much of an offense themselves. They find it difficult to find the net just like the Sabres, so this may be an opportunity for the Sabres to stay around and possibly win this game.
Last nights pick on the OVER 5.5 in the Capitals/Leafs game cashed before the 2nd period was over. A 1 goal 1st period gave way to a 4-2 game heading into the last period at the Air Canada Centre. The headline heading into last night was the firing of the Leafs’ head coach, Randy Carlyle. During the game all of the talk was about Carlyle. And after the game all of the attention was on the Leafs’ decision to fire their head coach. A 6-2 blowout loss to the Capitals wasn’t the way the Leafs wanted to get started in the post-Carlyle era. They weren’t even competitive, and it definitely showed in the final score. It is a personal opinion, but I think the Leafs have problems that go much further than a coach. I already ranted about Dion Phaneuf last night, so I’ll save you the time. But there has to be a culture change in Toronto and it starts at the bottom back to the top. The important part about last night is that we hit our bet, and we are now 3-0-1 on our last four picks. Let’s look for more tonight.
Buffalo Sabres @ Carolina Hurricanes
As I alluded to earlier here, the Sabres’ offense has plummeted downward after gathering some momentum a few weeks ago. Overall they have an abysmal offense, but were at least showing signs of life during that stretch. The Sabres have now won only 1 game in their last ten games. In their last three games they’ve only scored 2 goals for an average of 0.6 goals per game in those three games. In the midst of this ten game skid, the Sabres have scored only 1.3 goals a game. Compared to the entire league, Buffalo is last averaging only 1.76 goals. That is a .16 difference from the team 29th in scoring.
The team that is just ahead of the Sabres who I mentioned above is none other than their opponents tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes’ offense has had major problems as well. They are scoring 1.92 goals per game. Their defensive efforts have been keeping the Hurricanes afloat, though. The ‘Canes are 14th in the NHL in goals against allowing 2.55 goals. This is the 30th and 29th offenses playing one another tonight. Goals should come at a premium and all indications are that it will be a low scoring, grind it out type of hockey game. If you rode the UNDER when the Sabres couldn’t score earlier in the season then you would have made some nice profits. I’m going to jump back on the train before the Sabres’ offense shows some life. I am taking the UNDER 5 tonight.
Pick – UNDER 5 GOALS (-115) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)