NHL Betting Preview: Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg Jets – Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York
When: Sunday February 10th at 3:00 PM ET
Money Line: Winnipeg -135
BookMaker has the Winnipeg Jets listed as -135 money line favorites over the Buffalo Sabres. The Winnipeg Jets enter this game with a record of 34-18-3 and have lost three of their last five games including three losses in a row and are coming off a loss on Saturday on the road against the Ottawa Senators by a score of 2-5. The Buffalo Sabres enter this game with a record of 27-20-7 and have lost three of their last five games, but are coming off a home win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday by a score of 3-1. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres are 27-20-7 and 15-7-4 at home. The Buffalo Sabres are a borderline playoff team this season and they will need a strong second half of the season if they are going to make the playoffs this season. They currently have 61 points on the season which is 10th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Atlantic division. Buffalo is 27-20-7 overall, 15-7-4 at home and 14-14-5 as an underdog.
Jack Eichel leads the team in points and assists with 57 points and 40 assists. Jeff Skinner leads the team in goals with 33. Carter Hutton is 15-15-3 with a .909 save % and is allowing 2.86 goals per game this season.
Buffalo is averaging 2.98 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.57 shots per game which ranks 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.56 power play goals per game which is tied for 17th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.96 power play chances per game which is tied for 17th in the NHL. The Sabres are allowing 3.09 goals per game which is tied for 16th in the NHL.
The Jets are 34-18-3 and 14-11 on the road. The Winnipeg Jets are one of the top teams in the NHL, but are in a slump right now after losing three games in a row. They currently have 71 points on the season which is 3rd best in the Western Conference and best in the Central division. Winnipeg is 34-18-3 overall, 14-11 on the road and 31-13-3 as a favorite.
Blake Wheeler leads the team in points and assists with 65 points and 54 assists. Mark Scheifele leads the team in goals with 27. Connor Hellebuyck is 24-15-2 with a .910 save % and is allowing 2.91 goals per game.
Winnipeg is averaging 3.47 goals per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 31.96 shots per game which ranks 12th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.82 power play goals per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.15 power play chances per game which is tied for 10th in the NHL. The Jets are allowing 2.89 goals per game which is tied for 8th in the NHL.
Winnipeg gets the win on the road
The Winnipeg Jets are a talented team and should be able to turn it around and start playing better as they have all season while the Sabres are a borderline playoff team this season. Buffalo is 5-5 in their last ten match-ups with Winnipeg, but the Jets are outscoring the Sabres by an average of 3 to 2.5 in those games. The Jets are 2-0-1 in their last three meetings with the Sabres while outscoring Buffalo by an average of 4 to 3 in those contests. I look for that trend to continue with a Jets win over the Sabres in the game on Sunday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.