Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg Jets Free Preview

Daniel GimenezHockey, NHL

Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel, and the Buffalo Sabres will do battle against Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place in an East-West tilt. The Sports Network will showcase the game, which gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, November 16.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg heads into the game as the heavy favorite with a -220 moneyline. The line for the Sabres now stands at +180 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.

Winnipeg is 11-6 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.1 units this season. That win percentage, the league’s fourth-best so far this season, hasn’t moved much from what the team posted during the 2017-18 season (52-30). Through 17 regular season contests, nine of the team’s games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and three have pushed. The team is 8-3 SU at home this season.

The Jets enter the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 34.0 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 29.3 saves per game with a .915 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (8-6-1) has been the top option in goal for the Jets this year. If Winnipeg decides to rest him, however, the team may turn to the undefeated Laurent Brossoit (3-0 record, .957 save percentage, 1.67 goals against average).

Buffalo has netted 3.4 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 10-8 straight up (SU). Through 18 regular season contests, 10 of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under the total and just one has pushed. The Sabres are 4-5 SU as a road team this season.

The Sabres have converted on 17.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

Carter Hutton (27.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Buffalo. Hutton owns a 7-7-1 record, and has registered a .916 save percentage and 2.65 goals against average this year.

Buffalo Sabres at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Buffalo’s last five games.
  • Seven of Winnipeg’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 5-2 overall in those games.
  • Buffalo skaters notched 21.5 hits per game last season, while the Jets posted 23.3 hits per matchup.