Sabres vs. Sharks Pick – NHL October 25th

It is always nice to cash an easy ticket in on a plus-money wager. I am still perplexed why the books put out +115 on the OVER in the Canucks/Avs game, but we were lucky enough to take advantage of it. It was 2-1 following the 1st period, and it was smooth sailing from there. The Avalanche ended up prevailing, 5-2, for a much needed win. I wouldn’t want to be in the Colorado locker room having to listen to Patrick Roy if the Avalanche lost another game. After a slow start, the Avs should continue to get better, and it was a nice win for them to pick up against a quality Vancouver team.

I might be biting off more than I can chew today. I am going back once again fading the Buffalo Sabres against a quality opponent. If the Sabres continue to play so poorly, why should anybody not? Buffalo stays out on the west coast for their latest matchup against the San Jose Sharks. For as bad as the Sabres are, they have truly had an extremely difficult schedule to open the season. In their last three games they have played the Bruins, Ducks, and Kings. Now they hit the Shark Tank for a date with the Sharks. Yikes.

Buffalo Sabres @ San Jose Sharks

That is one rocky schedule for this team. Whoever penciled this slate of games showed no mercy for the Sabres. There is no hope in sight for their 1-7 record, which should continue to get worse after what should be another loss tonight. The way they fail to score goals is quite astonishing. But after you look at their roster, it isn’t very hard to speculate why it is happening. Nonetheless, at this level, an NHL team usually finds some ways to score more goals. What am I talking about here? Well, the Sabres have scored just 1 goal in their last four games. So, in three out of their last four games they have been held off the scoreboard. All season long they have scored more than 1 goal in a game only twice. Oh but they are probably good on defense you say. Er, wrong. Buffalo is near the back of the NHL in goals allowed, giving up 3.50 goals per game on average. They’ve given up 10 goals in their last three games to go along with only 1 goal for. Early in the season, there really is no argument to who the worst team in the NHL is. And as long as we keep getting decent prices on the PL against good teams, ill continue to fade the Sabres.

The Sharks have been susceptible on defense this season, so this is an excellent opportunity for the Sabres to at least score 1 goal. That is exactly what Buffalo is averaging per game, 1 goal. To cover +1.5 though they may have to score more than 2 goals. I can see San Jose finishing Saturday night with 4 goals to their credit. They have been allowing goals, 3 per game, but are scoring as well with 3.25 a game. The Sharks haven’t had an easy schedule to start the season either. After playing at home in game 2, they hit the east coast for a five game road trip. San Jose has lost four straight games, however, I see this as the perfect game for them to bounce back and demolish the hapless Sabres. It is only October, and the Sabres are already booking vacation plans for the end of the season. If the Sharks don’t win comfortably, I imagine they will be feeling a little embarrassed and have their fans in panic mode. If they weren’t coming off three losses in a row, the Sharks would maybe take the Sabres lightly here. But they are, and they’re looking at the Sabres as a chance to start fresh. Note the early start time of 4:00pm Eastern.

Pick – SHARKS -1.5 (-120) @ (Best Odds)