The KeyBank Center will play host to an East-West tilt as the Chicago Blackhawks come into town to face the Buffalo Sabres. It’s the last time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. WGN Channel 9 will broadcast the game, which gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 17.
Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres Odds
Chicago is 30-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 71 regular season contests, 37 of its games have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just three have pushed. As an away team this season, the Hawks are 13-23 SU.
Chicago has converted on just 15.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 16th in the league, and the teams successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Hawks have been called for penalties just 3.4 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 2.4 per game over its last ten contests. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 5.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 27.9 saves per game with a .929 save percentage, Corey Crawford (16-12-2) has been the best option in goal for Chicago this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Chicago might turn to Anton Forsberg (10-21-3), who has a .905 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average this year.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Blackhawks. Kane has 67 points on 25 goals and 42 assists, and has recorded two or more points 18 times. Toews has 19 goals and 30 assists to his nameand has notched at least one point in 33 games.
Over on the other bench, Buffalo is 22-48 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 70 regular season outings, 34 of its games have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just four have pushed. This season, the team is 10-25 SU at home.
The Sabres have converted on just 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.0 percent of all penalties.
Sabres players have been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game in total this season, 3.2 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.2 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Robin Lehner (27.3 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for the Sabres. Lehner has 14 wins, 37 losses, and nine overtime losses and has registered a pedestrian 2.93 goals against average and a .911 save percentage this season.
Jack Eichel (22 goals, 31 assists) will lead the attack for the home team.
Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Under
- Buffalo is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Chicago is 1-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in four of Buffalo’s last five games.
- The Blackhawks have averaged the leagues fifth-most shots on goal (34.3) while Buffalo has attempted the 23rd-most (just 30.6).
- Over Buffalo’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).