It’s Super Bowl Weekend, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t other action going on across the sports landscape. The NHL, NBA, and college basketball are in in full-swing, so don’t miss out on those opportunities to cash in. However, on Sunday, my full-attention is going to be on the Super Bowl. It’s bitter-sweet, as I hate to say goodbye to football season, but the Super Bowl is one of my favorite days of the year. Let’s hit the ice on Saturday though, and look to cash another ticket before we turn our attention to the Super Bowl between the Patriots and Falcons.
We head to Buffalo where the Senators and Sabres meet on Super Bowl Eve. The agenda is quite clear for both teams: push hard in the second-half and good things may be waiting for them at the end of the regular season. The road there is going to be easier for the Sens, and for the Sabres, the waters look a little murky. The Sens enter Saturday with a solid record of 27-16-5, while the Sabres are an even .500 at 20-20-5.
Buffalo need a lot of good to go their way to get into a position of where they can earn a playoff spot. The Senators just have to keep everything together. They’ve been doing it without Craig Anderson, who’s been tending to his cancer-stricken wife over the last few months. The former Canadien, Mike Condon, has been filling the void and playing okay hockey. You can’t really expect much more from him.
Anderson did recently return to the team, though, and has been practicing with with the team. He’s just trying to get back into form after missing time away from hockey. All indications suggest that he should be ready to get a start any game now, perhaps in about a week. It appears that Condon will get the start tonight, as the Sabres counter with Robin Lehner in net. The Sabres will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak, after they won three games in a row, all in overtime. Your mind might be on the Super Bowl, but let’s hit the NHL card before Sunday and find a winner with our NHL picks.
Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres Pick
Robin Lehner is an inconsistent hothead, and much of the same can be said for Condon minus the hothead part. Lehner holds a GAA of 2.62 with a save percentage of 0.92%. He has his moments, but things can get dicey when he hits a frustrating stretch. The Sabres have allowed an average of 3.75 across the last four games. In their last ten games, they’ve had an average of 3.30 goals scored on them. Condon boasts a 2.48 GAA and 0.91% save percentage.
They have a hot Senators’ offence coming into town on Saturday, a team which has netted 3.70 goals per game in their last ten outings. They’ve scored at least 3 goals in seven of their last ten, including 10 goals in their last two games against the Panthers and Lightning. They have allowed around 3 goals per game during that ten-game stretch, however. The goal scoring should keep up tonight in Buffalo. This is a nice spot for us to take the OVER at 5 for our Saturday NHL pick, a bet we were able to successfully hit the last time they met in November.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-130)