NHL Picks: Take Dominant Blues -185 Against Hurting Sabres

SBR Staff

Thursday, November 19, 2015 3:05 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 3:05 PM GMT

The Buffalo Sabres will be eager to end a two-game losing streak when they visit the Scottrade Center for a date with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Check our NHL pick inside.

Kane may not be able
Sabres’ forward Evander Kane sprained an MCL on Oct. 24 and has not yet returned to action. But he hopes to be back for Thursday or at least at some point during Buffalo’s upcoming two-game road trip (it continues Saturday at Dallas).

“I think you’ll have a pretty good chance to see me in the lineup tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to that,” Kane said on Wednesday. “I feel better. I think as a team we’re in a better position than obviously we were when I got hurt. I’m looking forward to coming in especially against the teams that we’re playing the next couple games; St. Louis twice, Dallas again, and Nashville. It’s going to be a good test for myself.”

“He’s really close,” head coach Dan Bylsma added. “He’s a possibility for tomorrow, yes.”

But how much will his return matter? Kane has just one goal and two assists in eight outings this season.

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Rest for the weary
Starter-turned-backup Brian Elliott got a rare call for the Blues on Tuesday. His start in goal was just his second in the team’s last 11 games and it was his first complete game since a 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Oct. 24. Thus Jake Allen finally got a day off.

Allen took control of the job after Elliott missed practice with the flu on Oct. 26. One day later, Allen recorded a 26-save shutout at Tampa Bay’s expense and he has never looked back. The 25-year-old is 7-2 in his last nine decisions and he ranks third in the NHL with a 1.91 goals-against average and sixth with a .934 save percentage.

“One guy (Elliott) earned it early, one guy (Allen) earned it, (and) now and I’m sure that will go like that for a long time,” head coach Ken Hitchcock explained. “We’re not prepared to name a starter right now, but Jake’s got more games, so he looks like the starter this week. Who knows what happens in the next week?”

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Trends

The Buffalo Sabres are:

18-51 in their last 69 overall

18-63 in their last 81 road games

1-7 in their last eight trips to St. Louis

The St. Louis Blues are:

4-1 in their last five games that are the third in a three games in four days situation

37-14 in their last 51 games against the Atlantic Division

16-2 in the last 18 meetings between the two teams

Buffalo has been woeful offensively in its last two outings and even a return by Kane may not help too much. The Sabres also will not be aided by the comeback of a well-rested Allen after he gave way to Elliott in St. Louis’ recent loss to Columbus. The Blues are a dominant 16-2 in the last 18 meetings between the two teams, including 7-1 in their last eight against Buffalo at the Scottrade Center. Count on the trend continuing. Play the Blues at the right NHL odds, quick.

NHL Pick: Blues -185 at Bet365

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