Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/19/2014
Thursday, March 20, 8:30 PM on TSN, MSG
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
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The Edmonton Oilers visited the Buffalo Sabres in early February and were able to escape a 3-2 winner. This game put the Oilers above the last place Sabres by six points and added to a little hot streak of their own, winning four out of five games. The Oilers out-shot the Sabres 44 to 28, they won 41 faceoffs to 29, and they landed almost double the hits. Penalties were a sore spot for both teams, with Edmonton racking up seven and Buffalo racking up six. Buffalo was able to score on one of the opportunities when Steve Ott got off a shot that beat Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 42 saves throughout the game.
Jeff Petry had the first goal of the game less than a minute into the first period, and he was assisted by Nail Yakupov and David Perron. The third goal of the game came from the Sabres’ Drew Stafford, who put one in shorthanded with less than a minute to go in the period.
Two more goals landed for Edmonton. One of these goals came in the second period by Justin Schultz, assisted by David Perron and Andrew Ference. The other goal came in the third by newly acquired Matt Hendricks. Hendricks came from Nashville just two weeks earlier. This goal made Hendricks his second in the last nine games and gave the Oilers their 4-3 win.
Buffalo is 7-25 straight up on the road this season
Buffalo is 9-18-4 against the over/under on the road this season
Edmonton is 13-19 straight up at home this season
Edmonton is 17-14-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/18/14 D Tyler Myers Elbow out indefinitely
03/18/14 GO Michal Neuvirth Lower Body questionable Thursday vs Edmonton
03/17/14 GO Jhonas Enroth Leg expected to miss 7-10 days
03/14/14 D Alexander Sulzer Concussion expected to miss at least a week
03/08/14 RW Chris Stewart Ankle out for season
11/10/13 GO Richard Bachman Groin out indefinitely
03/19/14 RW Nail Yakupov Ankle questionable Thursday vs. Buffalo
03/19/14 C Matt Hendricks Leg questionable Thursday vs. Buffalo
03/18/14 LW Jesse Joensuu Ankle expected to miss 4 weeks
03/04/14 D Anton Belov Oblique expected to miss 2 weeks
01/16/14 LW Ryan Hamilton Knee out indefinitely
01/16/14 RW Tyler Pitlick Knee out indefinitely
01/16/14 LW Steve MacIntyre Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Edmonton
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