Hurricanes -130 vs. Sabres for Hockey Picks

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:41 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:41 PM GMT

The Sabres host the Hurricanes on Tuesday at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo with the opening faceoff scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. We look at the moneyline tonight, as it looks to offer us the best betting value for our NHL picks.

According to NHL betting odds Carolina is a -130 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. This game is a make up for a game that was canceled earlier this season due to poor weather conditions. Carolina has won the last 4 meetings between these two clubs.

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No Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Sabres return from the Olympic break with the worst record in the entire NHL. Their level of futility can be displayed simply by the fact the next worst team in the league is 9-points ahead of them. Even furthering the misery is that they’ve lost 8 consecutive home games in a row, and much to the dismay of one of the more loyal fan bases in all of hockey.

Sabres Veterans on Pins and Needles

As we’re approaching the NHL trading deadline, look for Buffalo to be active players. The biggest name rumored to be on the trading block is star goaltender Ryan Miler, in addition to veterans Steve Ott, and Matt Moulson. The biggest problem will be finding a dance partner for Miller, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and is currently making $6,000,000 annually on his current contract, as well as being 33 years of age. Attempting to move Ott and Moulson should be pale in comparison. Moulson is a proven goal scorer while Ott possesses the grit and tenacity that many potential playoff teams thirst for. Both of those players won’t command the kind of money Miller will be asking for and are younger in age. 

Down the Stretch They Go 

The Carolina Hurricanes are in prime position to make a run at qualifying for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. They’re currently 3-points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the final playoff berth. If they’re to get it done, winning on the road is going to be imperative, especially when facing a weak opponent like tonight. The Hurricanes will play 16 of their remaining 25 regular season games on the road. They’ve gone 11-15 versus the money line on enemy ice this season while earning 26 of 52 points possible. Tonight will be the 1st of a 5-game in 8-day road trip for Carolina. The Hurricanes have earned at least 1-point in 12 of their last 16 road games.

Final Analysis 

The Sabres are a mess right now, and a chunk of their roster is in limbo with the trade deadline nearing. This is a team that will find it very difficult be competitive for the remainder of the regular season. Carolina can ill afford not to come away with a win versus opponents such as these, especially since this will the start of an extremely tough road trip with the rest of their remaining opponents of much higher quality. Sabres head coach Teddy Nolan will have his club ready to play, but the better team will prevail.

Free Pick: Carolina -130 over Buffalo

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