Buffalo Sabers (20-18-2) vs Nashville Predators (19-16-6)
January 14, 2023, 8:00 PM EDT
The Line: Nashville Predators -161 / Buffalo Sabers +130; Over/Under: +6.5:
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The Buffalo Sabers and Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night.
The Buffalo Sabers will try to snap a three-game hitting streak after losing to Winnipeg 4-2 in their previous game. Tage Thompson has a team-high 57 points on 31 goals and 26 assists, while Rasmus Dahlin has 47 points on 13 goals and a team-high 34 assists. Jeff Skinner has 41 points with 17 goals and 24 assists, and Alex Tuch has 45 points with 20 goals. Dylan Cozens also has 39 points with 26 assists, and Viktor Olofsson also has 16 goals this season. Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen is 9-4-1 with a 3.46 ERA and .893 save percentage, while Craig Anderson is 7-6-1 with a 2.70 ERA and .921 save percentage in goal for Buffalo this season.
The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to Nashville last time out. Filip Forsberg has 38 points with 18 goals and 20 assists, Mikael Granlund has 25 points with 21 assists of his own, and Matt Duchene has 32 points with 21 assists. Roman Josi has 33 points with 23 assists while Nino Niederreiter also has 13 goals and Ryan Johansen also has 9 goals on the year. Juuse Saros is 15-11-5 with a 2.65 GAA and .922 save percentage between the pipes for Nashville, while Kevin Lankinen is 4-4-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Buffalo is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 in their last 8 Western Conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Nashville is 2-8 in its last 10 Atlantic Division games and 0-4 entering Saturday and 4-1 heading into Saturday.
I understand the reasoning for supporting either side here, but I’m leaning towards the bottom. Historically, this has been a low-scoring matchup with five of the last six meetings ending in a tie, and while both teams have had their share of high-scoring games in recent times, this is just the first of 3 wins for me. a kind of game. Give me a key here.
Chris Ruffolo’s free choice.