Buffalo Is Not A Dangerous ContenderBuffalo currently has the worst record in the NHL, and despite the joy of finally breaking that skid versus the Canadiens on Tuesday night, they know that they are likely to hop right back on the losing bandwagon when they welcome the St. Louis Blues, a team with one of the best records in the league, on Thursday. Embattled head coach Ted Nolan has made it perfectly clear that changes are coming, going as far as telling his players that they had better be prepared to play well enough to earn a ticket out of town once the trade deadline comes around. That may be easier said than done for a team that is dead last in just about every offensive and defensive stat. The St. Louis Blues occupy a spot at the opposite end of the hockey hierarchy than Buffalo, and are considered the team to beat in the Western Conference by many pundits. They are rolling at the moment, and are the winners of 6-straight, with the latest win coming in OT versus a very good Tampa Bay Lightning squad. The Blues are a team that have not really made a habit of blowing teams out, and 5 of their last 9 games have been decided by either OT or SO. It should be noted that they won all but one of those, an OT loss to Detroit, which tells you that they are comfortable in taking games down to the wire.
Betting Trends:St. Louis Blues St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games on the road St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo St. Louis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Buffalo Buffalo Sabres Buffalo is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games The total has gone OVER in 16 of Buffalo’s last 23 games Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo’s last 10 games at home Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis Buffalo is 1-8-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against St. Louis