Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks Matchup Preview 11/17/19

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A pair of teams that each took the ice last night, the Buffalo Sabres and the Chicago Blackhawks clash at the United Center. MSG Western New York will air this East-West matchup, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 17.

Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks Odds

With a moneyline of -135, Chicago heads into the contest as the favorite. The line for Buffalo now stands at +115 and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. If you want to play the matchup’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -105 money on the over and -115 on the under.

Buffalo is 10-9 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.9 units this year. Through 19 regular season matches, 10 of its games have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and none have pushed. The Sabres are 4-5 SU as an away team in 2019-20.

Buffalo has converted on 22.6 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off only 74.1 percent of all penalties.

Buffalo, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties just 3.4 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over its last five outings total, and 3.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Boasting a .913 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Carter Hutton (6-5-2) has been the primary option in goal for Buffalo this season. If head coach Ralph Krueger decides to rest him, however, the team could turn to Linus Ullmark (4-4-1), who has a .915 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average this year.

Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Sabres. Eichel has 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists, and has recorded multiple points six times. Reinhart has eight goals and nine assists to his name (and has notched a point in 11 games).

On the other side of the rink, Chicago is 8-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 10 of its contests have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 5-5 SU at home.

Chicago has converted on just 13.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.7 percent of all penalties.

The Blackhawks have been penalized 3.4 times per game this season, 3.4 per game over their last five games total, and 4.0 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Robin Lehner has stopped 33.3 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for Chicago. Lehner has five wins, six losses, and three overtime losses and has registered a .936 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average this season.

The home team will be led on offense by Patrick Kane (10 goals, 15 assists).

Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Picks

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Buffalo is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Chicago is 0-2 in shootouts.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
  • Chicago has scored 3.0 goals per game overall this year, but has raised that figure up to 5.7 per contest in its past three games (the team is a perfect 3-0 SU over that streak).
  • Over Chicago’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • The Hawks this season have recorded the sixth-most hits per game in the NHL (26.4), but the team’s averaged 30.4 over their past five home outings.