Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres 12/20/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 12/19/2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
First Niagara Center in Buffalo
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The Colorado Avalanche will be going on the road on Saturday night to take on the Buffalo Sabres, who are 9-7-2 on home ice this season. During the 2013-14 season, the Avs were able to win both of their games against the Sabres.
On Thursday, the Avalanche could not get their offense going and ended up being shut out 1-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. They were 0-for-2 on the power play in that loss and ended up being outshot 48-29.
The Avs currently have one of the best penalty kills in the Western Conference, but they also have one of the worst power plays. Netminder Semyon Varlamov has gone 4-6-5 in his games in net this season with a 3.22 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
On Tuesday night, the Sabres had their four-game winning streak snapped when they were blown out 5-1 by the Winnipeg Jets on the road. They allowed the Jets to score three second-period goals in that game and ended up being outshot 36-28.
So far this season, the Sabres are in the bottom five in the league in both goals per game and power play percentage. Netminder Jhonas Enroth is 10-10-1 this year with one shutout, a 2.96 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Left wing Tyler Ennis has eight goals through 32 games with a team-high 14 assists.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
Colorado Avalanche are 10-21-0 Against the Spread
Colorado Avalanche are 15-14-0 against the Over/Under
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
Buffalo Sabres are 13-19-0 Against the Spread
Buffalo Sabres are 13-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/08/14 GO Semyon Varlamov Groin out indefinitely
12/05/14 C Ben Street Hand out indefinitely
12/01/14 C John Mitchell Leg out indefinitely
11/25/14 LW Jamie McGinn Back out for season
10/23/14 D Ryan Wilson Shoulder out for season
10/06/14 RW Jesse Winchester Concussion out indefinitely
12/19/14 C Cody McCormick Undisclosed out indefinitely
12/18/14 C Torrey Mitchell Lower Body out indefinitely
12/16/14 D Josh Gorges Finger is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Colorado
12/13/14 D Mike Weber Knee out indefinitely
10/31/14 GO Matt Hackett Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo
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