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TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 05: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on during Game Four of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on June 05, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP.

After rallying for an overtime win at home against Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes face a quick turnaround against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Read on for our best Hurricanes vs. Sabres pick based on top odds.

Two of the hottest teams in the league meet on the last night of NHL action before the All-Star break.

The Hurricanes have won six straight games and sit second in league standings with 74 points in 50 games. They are a dominant possession team that tends to control play on a nightly basis.

While the Sabres have endured plenty of ups and downs this season, they head into the break on a high with a 5-0-2 mark in their past seven games. They have 56 points in 49 games and are now within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Here is our best Hurricanes vs. Sabres NHL pick (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Hurricanes vs. Sabres game info

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY

Hurricanes vs. Sabres odds

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Hurricanes vs. Sabres odds analysis

The FanDuel moneyline opened with the Hurricanes at -156 and the Sabres at +130.

Despite a slim 54% majority of the early consensus moneyline wagers on the Sabres, there has been some line movement. The moneyline rose as high as -170 before settling in at -152, while the Sabres are now +126.

The total has held steady at 6.5. It opened at -110 on both sides of the number, but with 60% of the early consensus action coming in on the Over, it is now -115 to go Over 6.5 and -105 for the Under at FanDuel.

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Hurricanes vs. Sabres pick

Hurricanes ML vs. Sabres (-145 via DraftKings)

It might not always be pretty, but the Hurricanes keep churning out victories.

Case in point: Carolina fell behind 4-1 before rallying for a 5-4 overtime triumph against Los Angeles to extend their win streak to six. The Hurricanes have one regulation loss in the past 11 games, and that came against powerhouse New Jersey.

Playing on the second night of a back-to-back is frequently a schedule loss, but that hasn't been the case for Carolina. The Hurricanes are 5-0-1 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. That is a small sample, but those are impressive results, nonetheless.

And those wins haven't come by accident.

Carolina controls better than 60% of score-and-venue-adjusted expected goals during five-on-five play, easily the best in the league. Buffalo has improved a lot this season, but still ranks just 20th at 50.2%.

Carolina plays in a way that should frustrate the Sabres. Buffalo leads the league with 3.72 goals per 60 minutes, and they are a high event team – one that takes a lot of shots (and surrenders a bunch, as well.)

The Hurricanes allow 25.9 shots against per 60 minutes, comfortably the best mark in the league – and that will make it difficult for the Sabres to get into the up-tempo style of game that they prefer.

Seeking a seventh straight win, look for the ‘Canes to get it done in Buffalo.

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Hurricanes vs. Sabres best odds

DraftKings (-145) 

-145 🔥-152 -154-155 ❄️-155 ❄️

There is some variance in the moneyline pricing for a Carolina win, with DraftKings at -145 the best deal among the top-rated sportsbooks. With the rest ranging between -152 and -155, that is a 7-10 percent incentive to place this wager with DraftKings.

While there could be some inclination to take the ‘Canes on the puck line at plus money, rather than laying the juice, Carolina does not typically accrue multi-goal wins, so that play is less appealing.

Hurricanes-Sabres pick made 2/1/2023 at 10:15 a.m. ET.

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