Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres Moneyline Pick
- Updated: February 25, 2014
Time: 7 PM EST Tuesday, February 25, 2014, NHLN
Location: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
The Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes in an Eastern Conference match up.
In their last games before the Olympic break Carolina lost at home 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo lost 3-2 to the Senators in Ottawa.
The Buffalo Sabres are dead last in the league in scoring being the only team that averages less than 2 goals at (1.82) per game. The Sabres power play also ranks near the bottom 27th striking at a dismal 14.1% rate.
Ryan Miller gets the start tonight, back from his backup role for team USA. Miller played in one game in the preliminary round. Miller stopped 17 of 18 shots in the 5-1 win over Slovenia.
Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller did not commit to a starting goaltender for the Sabres game. Cam Ward got a lot of work Monday and could play his first game since December 31 during their five-game road trip.
In their last meeting 2 weeks before the break, Carolina beat the Sabres 5-3 in Buffalo. The Hurricanes have won their last 4 meetings against the Sabres and are 4-1 in last 4 trips to the First Niagara Center.
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This season the Sabres are 9-17-3-2 at home and the Hurricanes are 11-10-4-0 on the road.
Below are some key handicapping stats for this match-up with an against the spread pick from one of our professional sports handicappers.
Moneyline: Carolina -130 / Buffalo +115
Over/Under Total Line: 5 over -125
Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Carolina Hurricanes: 26-22-6-3 SU / 32-25 ATS
Buffalo Sabres: 15-34-4-4 SU / 33-24 ATS
Key Betting Trends
• CAR is 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference.
• CAR is 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
• CAR has an Under record of 8-3 in last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
• BUF is 7-20 in their last 27 vs. Eastern Conference.
• BUF is 0-8 in their last 8 home games.
• BUF has an Over record of 9-3-1 in their last 13 overall.
Sagarin Power Rankings
Carolina Hurricanes: 3.76
Buffalo Sabres: 2.85
Key Player Injuries
[D] 10/01/2013 – Joni Pitkanen I-R (Heel)
[C] 02/22/2014 – Cody McCormick Probable Tuesday vs. Carolina (Finger)
[D] 02/22/2014 – Tyler Myers Probable Tuesday vs. Carolina (Knee)
[LW] 02/22/2014 – Matt Moulson Probable Tuesday vs. Carolina (Arm)
The Hurricanes have dominated in recent meetings and haven’t lost to a team of the Sabres’ level since early December. As we mentioned with the NBA it is always difficult to gauge how teams are going to play after a break so go lightly here.
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