NHL Picks: Bet the Under for Sabres vs. Canucks

David Lawrence

Saturday, March 22, 2014 6:18 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 6:18 PM GMT

The Vancouver Canucks are somehow still in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference – if you can believe that. On Sunday, they’ll host the Buffalo Sabres, sitting just five points behind the Phoenix Coyotes with 10 games remaining. The NHL odds are out; which side are you on?

The Sabres have won four of their last six against the Canucks while the road team has won the past two meetings.

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The Buffalo Sabres Can Win Because….
The Sabres can win because, really, they don’t have anything at all to lose. They’re the only team in the league that has been officially eliminated from playoff contention and they are 11 points behind Edmonton in the race for the No. 1 overall draft pick. The good news is they’re facing a very lousy Canucks team that has merely alternated wins and losses over their last seven games. The Canucks are just 4-5 in their last nine home games, which includes losses to teams like Edmonton, Nashville, Minnesota and Ottawa. None of those teams are that great, which shows you just how vulnerable the Canucks actually are. Is that the type of team you want to lay -210 on the NHL odds with? Unlikely. The Sabres might be offering some value for your NHL picks.

 

The Vancouver Canucks Can Win Because….
The Canucks are 17-11-6 at home and not only are they playing for a spot in the postseason, they are playing to get their fan base back. Many people are upset at the way the Roberto Luongo situation played over the last couple of years, and John Tortorella hasn’t done himself any favors in his first year as head coach. The Sedin brothers don’t look the same and Ryan Kesler tried to get out of Vancouver before the deadline, but they are still in the hunt and have a lot on the line, so they can’t take their foot off the gas, especially against a team they should beat handily.

Vancouver still has far more talent on the ice than the Sabres, so they should be able to win this game. Eddie Lack has started the last 12 games and he has played pretty well considering everything that has gone on with the team. If the Canucks can just play with pride, they should have no problems with the Sabres. At this point, they basically have to or risk being booed off the ice. They need their best players to be their best players because no one is going anywhere until the end of the season.

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Outlook & Pick
There’s just no way I’m laying this kind of juice with the Canucks. Sure, they’ve showed a pulse recently but they are still has 23 losses in their last 32 games. At the same time, Buffalo stinks too as they have dropped seven of eight.

I’ll take the under with my hockey picks here as the Sabres offense has completely disappeared. They’ve tallied nine goals in their last eight with none of those games seeing more than five goals. I’ll expect a low-scoring affair.

Hockey Pick: Under 5 at Bovada

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