The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this NHL season as one of the highest scoring teams in the league, but they'll need a win tonight to get back on track after two straight losses.
They should be in a good spot to find that win. They take on the reeling Buffalo Sabres, who have lost four straight games and have been stumbling down the Atlantic Conference standings after getting off to an unexpectedly hot start.
This will be the second time this season that these two teams will meet. Buffalo got the better of Anaheim back on October 28th, when they took them down in overtime by a final score of 4-3.
Here are the odds for tonight's interconference matchup courtesy of WynnBET.
Ducks vs. Sabres Odds and Total
- Ducks -120
- Sabres +105
- Ducks -1.5 (+185)
- Sabres +1.5 (-220)
- 6 (Over -110/Under -110)
Ducks vs. Sabres Prediction and Pick
The Ducks may have passed the eye test this season with a better grade than the Sabres, but these two teams are neck-and-neck statistically. They rank 21st and 23rd in the NHL in even strength CORSI%, but the Sabres goaltending has caused Buffalo to lose more games than they should have. They're 29th in team save percentage, stopping just 89.28% of even strength shots.
Their goaltending situation got even worse when Malcolm Subban went down with an injury in his debut on Saturday. They have called up Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from their AHL affiliate to likely get his first start tonight. He sports an ugly 3.42 goals against average and a .888 save percentage in 12 AHL games this year, so don't expect him to be the next Finnish superstar.
Getting the Ducks as slight favorites tonight is a gift given the unfavorable Sabres goaltending situation.