Back Home Dogs for Sharks vs. Sabres

Ross Benjamin

Friday, February 28, 2014 3:29 PM GMT

The Sabres host the Sharks on Sunday at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York with the opening faceoff slated for 7:05 PM ET. Take a look at our handicapper's top NHL picks for this match-up.

San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres

According to NHL betting odds the Sharks are a -175 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. Buffalo has won the last 5 meetings between these clubs, and has defeated San Jose in 8 of the last 9 played at the First Niagara Center. In their lone meeting this season the Sabres pulled off a monumental upset as a +355 road underdog winning 5-4 in an overtime shootout.

Break Up the Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres will be attempting to attain their first 3-game winning streak of the season. As a matter of fact their win over Boston 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday marked just the 3rd time all season that they achieved a 2-game win streak. With a whirlwind of trade talk involving veterans like Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, and Matt Moulson the Sabres have maintained their focus since resuming play after the Olympic break. On Tuesday they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on home ice sparked by the winning goal from Christian Ehrhoff came with just 0:44 left in the 3rd period. Then on Wednesday night Buffalo pulled out a 5-4 overtime win versus the Atlantic Division Boston Bruins. Once again it came in dramatic fashion with Matt Moulson scoring the game tying goal with just 0:51 to play in the 3rd period, and Matt D’Agostini scoring the game winner in overtime. Despite the recent success the Sabres remain dead last in all the NHL with just 44-points on the season.

Impressive Return from the Break

The San Jose Sharks returned from the Olympic break with an impressive 7-3 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last night. The Sharks have now won 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5. Last night was just the 3rd time in the last 18-games that San Jose had gone over the total. This will be the 2nd of a 3-game in 4-day road trip for San Jose which will conclude on Sunday at New Jersey. The Sharks enter tonight 2nd in the Pacific Division 5-points behind the 1st place Anaheim Ducks, and are 4th overall in the Western Conference. But there is still more to consider before making our NHL picks.

NHL Betting Systems

  • Any money line home underdog of between +100 to +200  that averages 2.4 or less goals per game, and they won their previous game in overtime has gone 41-25 (62.1%) over the last 18 seasons.
  • Any money line home underdog that won their previous 2-games with both coming at home, and they have a losing record, has gone 28-14 (66.7%) over the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: Buffalo +160 over San Jose

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