Buffalo Sabres hosts the Ottawa Senators in Tuesday’s NHL game following a surprise loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The Sabres have had time to process the defeat after the All-Star break and will want to get back on the trails towards the playoff series. Sitting in the fifth position of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, Buffalo boasts a 22-20-7 record this season that could’ve been better if they were consistent.
Ottawa Senators are on the road again after playing five straight games at home. They will be hoping to have a better outcome away that what they’ve had from home-ice. The Senators are the team with the second-worst record in the league, only better than the Detriot Red Wings that have 12 wins all season.
Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators Predictions
In the last ten league games, the Senators only won a single match. Thi statistic spells out the trouble that the team is in if they want to make it into the playoff round. The record currently stands at 17-23-8, only good enough for the 7th position in the Atlantic Division. Despite the terrible record, the Senators have good players that can shine on their day:
With both teams having registered a win against each other this season, it’s a toss-up of which franchise needs this game more. The home form will play a significant role in determining the winning team. Buffalo is 14-6-3 at home and will be boosted by their in-form goalie Linus Ullmark. Despite losing 2-1, the goaltender made 35 of 37 shots at goal.
Buffalo is a low-scoring team, which begs the question, where are the goals going to come from? This season, the goals have come from Jack Eichel, who leads the team with 28 goals and 13 assists.
After going down to the New Jersey Devils, the Senators will hope that luck is on their side when they face a depleted Sabres side with Jeff Skinner injured. Ottawa Senators will probably have to score more goals than what they’ve managed this season, averaging 2.71 goals per game.
The worse part about the team is that this season, their defense is allowing an average of 3.33 goals per game. This statistic paints a somber picture of the franchise, even with the heroics from the goalie.
Today’s Moneyline Odds
With the realization that they are ten points out of a playoff spot, Buffalo will pull out all the stops to claim at home. They will find a goalie in tip-top shape and will have to bring their A-game to score against Linus Ullmark. The Ottawa Senators will play for pride, with the 19-points out of touch with the running pack making this season a forgettable one.
Date & Time: Tuesday January 28, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
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