NHL Picks: Bet on Oilers to Keep up Winning Ways Against Sabres

Bruce Webster

Sunday, December 6, 2015 6:34 PM GMT

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 6:34 PM GMT

The Sabres come into this game off their 3rd win in their last 4 games, while the Oilers come in off shocking back-to-back home. The Sabres have won 7 of the least 10 games in this series.

Buffalo Sabres (11-12-1-2 SU, 19-7 PL, 7-10-9 OU) vs Edmonton Oilers (10-15-2 SU, 17-10 PL, 14-11-2 OU)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 6, 2015
Where: Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Odds: Edmonton -133/ Buffalo +120
Total: 5

 

Evander Kane Nets Two in Easy Win Over Arizona
The Buffalo Sabres had a rather easy game vs the Arizona Coyotes as they won the game by a 5-2 score. Evander Kane was the offensive star in the game for the Sabres as he scored twice in the game, with both goals coming in the third period. HIs first goal was a shorthanded goal and his second was on an empty net. Kane now has six goals on the year for a Buffalo team that comes in ranked just 23rd in the league in scoring, putting up 2.3 gpg, but they have been strong team on the power play, where they rank 7th in the league, converting on 22% of their chances.  

Taking the win over Arizona was Chad Johnson, who stopped 18 shots in the game to move his record to 7-8 with a 2.35 GAA on the year. He should also get the start in this game and he has gone 2-1 with a 1.31 GAA in his career vs the Oilers. The Sabres come in having allowed 2.6 gpg, which iis middle of the pack in the NHL, but they have really struggled on the penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 24.2% of their chances, which is 27th in the league. 

 

Nilsson Stands Tall in Wins Over Boston & Dallas
Anders Nilsson is a huge goalie as it is, but was even bigger in back-to-back home wins over Dallas and Boston. They are two of the best offensive teams in the league, yet he held Boston to just two goals on 40 shot attempts and then held Dallas to just one goal on 43 shot attempts. That three goals allowed and 80 saves over the two games. That a heck of a little stretch for Nilsson, who is now 7-8 with a 2.52 GAA on the year and vs the Sabres in his career he is 2-0 with a 1.92 GAA.

Scoring the two goals for Edmonton in the win over Dallas was Taylor Hall, who notched his 10th of the year and Jordan Eberle, who scored his 4th of the year just 45 seconds into OT to win the game. That comes on the heels of his shootout goal that won the game for the Oilers over Boston in their last game. The Oilers check in at 22nd in the league in scoring, putting up 2.4 gpg and 18th in power play conversions, while on defense they are 27th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 3.0 gpg and 16th in penalty kill.     


Buffalo is:
17-48 in their last 65 when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
13-38 in their last 51 vs. Western Conference

Anders Nilsson is hot right now and it has given the rest of the team some confidence. He has stopped 80 shots in his last two games vs top five offensive teams and now will face a much weaker offensive teams. Buffalo is not a good road team and while they have had some success in this series of late, I still feel the right NHL Pick is going with the hotter goalie at home in this one.

NHL Pick: Edmonton Oilers -117 at BetOnline

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