Sabres-Blue Jackets Matchup Glides Under the Total

Dana Lane

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 5:39 PM UTC

Two plays Tuesday squeezed out a small win for my followers as the Ducks easily beat Philadelphia as a plus money play. Hoped we would get the sweep, but the Hurricanes gave us a disappointing effort. Tonight, back to a more traditional pick with just one play on a card that only features two games.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Buffalo Sabres at Columbue Blue Jackets

The Sabres (3-5-1) travel to Columbus take on the Blue Jackets (5-3-0) at Nationwide Arena and the puck drops at 8 p.m. ET

There doesn’t seem to be enough money to move the number on the total, but the early report on public money from the SBR NHL odds page indicates that the public is starting to trickle in some money on the ‘over’ 5.5. Right now, more than 64% of all action taken has been on the ‘over’ but that hasn’t moved the number much. I don’t expect there to be a major push on this, so you can bet it now without fear of losing out on a better number.

The Sabres are on a bit of a roll as they try to extend their win streak to a season-high three games, but I don’t want anything to do with the Sabres in this spot because the Jackets, if my power rankings were to come out today, would be higher up.

Buffalo beat Detroit 1-0 Tuesday on the strength of Robin Lehner’s 32 save effort, which should be an inspiration to Chad Johnson who is expected to make his first start since a 37 save effort against Vancouver, a game the Sabres dropped but I saw enough to know that I feel comfortable relying on Johnson despite his 1-2-1 record. Johnson’s .881 save percentage and 3.84 GAA are not going to inspire most the plays on ‘unde,r’ but it’s fair to say that he’s played well in three of his five appearances this season. New Jersey and Vegas were horrific efforts, allowing 11 combined goals, but other that he has been solid. Johnson isn’t going to be a starter anywhere but is good enough to keep the Sabres in games.

On the other side is the reliable Sergei Bobrovsky (4-2, 2.16, .927), who is exactly who you want in goal if you want to cash an ‘under’ ticket. Bobrovsky is going to be focused on a bounce-back effort after allowing five goals on 36 shots against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Bobrovsky is extremely athletic and quick enough to cover his crease as well as anyone in the league. He is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner who owns a lifetime save percentage of .920.

From a trend perspective the ‘under’ is 6-2-1 in the Sabres' last nine games after a win. I’m banking on both of these netminders to make 30-plus saves to give us a winning ticket.

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