Sabres & Coyotes To Keep It Within The Number

Dana Lane

Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 9:00 PM UTC

The Sabres came off their bye week Saturday by dropping a high-scoring game to the Colorado Avalanche.  Should bettors expect a much better defensive effort tonight? Champion Handicapper Dana Lane explains why.

The Buffalo Sabres are attempting to snap a five-season playoff drought but have only 21 games left so they need a much better effort than the one they received against the Colorado Avalanche. Buffalo will try to avoid a third consecutive loss and stay within reach of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference when they visit the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night.

Its safe to say that although the Coyotes are playing the string out this season, they have played hard for Head Coach Dave Tippett.  Lately, that hasn't been good enough to be competitive. Arizona has now lost back to back road games at Chicago and Dallas while being outscored 11-5. 

We've talked about this in previous columns but it means more today.  The NHL trade deadline is March 1st and this will be the Coyotes final home game which means this could be the last time the Arizona faithful will see Shane Doan or Martin Hanzal in a 'yotes uniform. When you're dealing with teams that are struggling to make the playoffs and one that is completely out, I always expect a sound defensive effort. 

Louis Domingue starts in goal, his first since January 7th for the Coyotes, with Mike Smith serving as his back-up.  This usually leads to bettors flocking to bet the 'over' which is what we see today. Currently, over 86% of the wagers taken have bet this game to go 'over'.  This means, wait until game time to bet this game because the public may push this number a little lower.

Goalie Robin Lehner, who has won a career-high 17 games this season, made 25 saves in the loss at Colorado. He could play again on back-to-back nights considering the Sabres are fresh off their "bye week."

From a trend perspective, the 'under' is 15-7-2 in these two teams recent history including a perfect 4-0 mark in their last four meetings in Arizona. An interesting trend to also take into account is 20-8-5 in the Sabres last 33 games when their opponents allow five goals or more in their previous game.

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Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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