Columbus vs Buffalo Pro Hockey Spread Preview

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on Friday,April 8, 2016 11:42, EST in

Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League will get together on Friday for some NHL betting odds action. The Columbus Blue Jackets will visit the Buffalo Sabres. Columbus and Buffalo both have just two games left this season. The Blue Jackets are 32-40-8 on the season for 72 points. That’s last in the Metropolitan, and only ahead of Toronto in the East. For Buffalo, they come into the game with a 34-35-11 mark. That’s good for 79 points, which is 6th in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres are only ahead of Montreal and Toronto.

How To Bet on the Blue Jackets vs. Sabres NHL Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
TV: FS-O
Radio: Blue Jackets and Sabres
Stream Option: FoxSportsGo
NHL Odds: TBA

Why Bet on the Sabres

Buffalo needs this win to get to .500 on the season, with just a single game left. The Buffalo Sabres have won three straight games. The most recent win for the Sabres came over the New Jersey Devils; on the road. The Sabres are 25th in the NHL with 2.4 goals per game, while the defense has yielded 2.6 goals per game. The top scorer for Buffalo has been Ryan O’Reilly with 39 assists, and 21 goals. The Sabres are going to complete their best season in four years, as they had 48, 52 and 54 points the previous three seasons.

Why Bet on the Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets took a step backwards, following their 89 points a season ago. The Blue Jackets lost to the New York Rangers on Monday, but bounced back with a 5-1 win over Toronto on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson leads the team with 50 points on the season. Columbus is scoring 2.5 goals per game, and is 29th out of 30 teams with 3.1 goals per game allowed.

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Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Do many people outside the cities of Columbus and Buffalo care who wins this game between these two poor teams? Likely not. The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets are both looking to wrap the season up. Looking ahead, the Sabres appear to have better younger talent, and may get to the postseason quicker than Columbus. Goaltending is pretty weak for both teams, so in the end, the home team gets the nod. Bet the Buffalo Sabres -115 over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The final score prediction is Buffalo 4 and Columbus 1.