Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche will do battle against Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center in an East-West showdown. Altitude Sports & Entertainment will broadcast the game, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 4.
Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Avalanche (-155), whereas the Sabres are showing moneyline odds of +135,, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -130 for the over and +110 for the under. Odds Courtesy of MGM Sportsbook NJ.
Colorado is 28-22 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 50 regular season outings, 27 of its games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Avalanche team is 14-11 SU on the road.
Colorado has converted on 18.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 23rd in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 27.2 saves per game with a .908 save percentage, Philipp Grubauer (15-15-4) has been the top option in goal for Colorado this season. If Colorado decides to rest him, however, they might turn to Pavel Francouz (13-7-2 record, .924 save percentage, 2.45 goals against average).
On the other side of the rink, Buffalo is 23-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 52 regular season outings, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 15-11 SU at home.
The Sabres have converted on just 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all penalties.
Linus Ullmark has denied 28.5 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Sabres. Ullmark has 16 wins, 17 losses, and three OT losses to his name and has maintained a mediocre 2.72 goals against average and a .914 save percentage this year.
Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres Free Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Under
The under has hit in three of Buffalo’s last five games.
Seven of Colorado’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
Colorado skaters recorded 21.9 hits per game last season, while the Sabres forced 19.1 hits per contest.