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#33 Buffalo Sabres 6.5 vs.
#34 Chicago Blackhawks -130
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by David Hess

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National Hockey League action on Sunday evening and the Atlantic Division will square off with the Central Division as the Buffalo Sabres grapple with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Sabres lost both meetings between these teams last year. Buffalo enters this contest at

Sabres Top Sens To End Skid

The Buffalo Sabres had a solid start to their season, but they have fallen apart of late. Buffalo entered their home game against the Senators on Saturday night riding a six-game losing streak. That was on the heels of a 9-3 record through their first 12 games. The Sabres were able to end their slide on Saturday night with a hard-fought 4-2 win over those Senators. The game was tight throughout and it was tied at 2-2 late in the game until the Sabres got a goal from Jack Eichel with 7:47 left in the game and then he added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left to seal the game. It was a huge game for the Buffalo superstar as he scored all four goals in the win to give him 12 on the year. The offense has perked up a bit of late as the Sabres have scored 11 goals in their last three games, after scoring nine total goals in their previous six games.

Getting the start in this one will be Carter Hutton and he has gone 6-5 with a 2.62 GAA on the year, including 2-2 with a 3.06 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 42-58 with a 2.72 GAA on the road and 13-15 with a 2.87 GAA during the month of November, plus 1-4 with a 2.93 GAA against the Blackhawks. The Sabres enter this game ranked 15th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg and 11th in goals allowed at 2.84 gpg.

Blackhawks Pull 2nd Stunner In A Row

The Chicago Blackhawks did have another bad start to their year and they are still under .500. Despite that, the Blackhawks come in having won three in a row and four of their last five. A few days ago, the Blackhawks beat vegas on the road as big underdogs and they followed that up with a 7-2 win over the Predators on the road. Chicago was a big dog in that game as well. The Blackhawks will now look to keep it rolling against a Buffalo team that has been struggling of late. The offense had been a mess for Chicago for much of the year, but they have now scored 24 goals in their last five games. Alexander Nylander led the attack in the win over the Preds with two goals and he now has four on the year. Erik Gustafsson (2nd), Dominik Kubalik (5th), Brent Seabrook (2nd), David Kampf (4th) and Patrick Kane (10th) all scored in the win as well.

Chicago will trot out Corey Crawford and he has gone 3-6 with a 3.24 GAA on the year, including 2-2 with a 3.05 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 133-94 with a 2.32 GAA here at the United Center and 54-37 with a 2.60 GAA during the month of November, plus 10-0 with a 2.05 GAA against the Sabres. The Blackhawks enter this game ranked 16th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg and 14th in goals allowed at 2.95 gpg.

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The Buffalo Sabres enter this game struggling mightily and after they had such a good start to the year. They have lost six of their last seven games and the Sabres have struggled on both ends of the ice in doing so. The Blackhawks got off to a slow start but they have been playing better of late. Chicago comes in off a road win over the Predators and they have now won their last three games in a row and four of their last five. The real clincher to this play is the goalie comparison. Carter Hutton has gone 1-4 with a 2.93 GAA against the Blackhawks in his career, while Corey Crawford is a perfect 10-0 with a 2.05 GAA in his career against the Sabres. That is hard to ignore, so I won't. Take the surging Blackhawks over the stumbling Sabres in this one.

Prediction: Chicago -130

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Both teams are playing this contest on no rest and that should lead to a low scoring game. The Sabres have been better on offense this year but they come in having averaged just 2.22 gpg over their last nine games. The Blackhawks have been hot on offense of late, but I see it sputtering with the team playing on no rest. We also note that Carter Hutton has a 2.93 GAA against Chicago in his career while Corey Crawford has a 2.05 GAA against the Sabres in his career. The Under is 5-1 in Buffalo's last six games playing on 0 days rest and 8-0-1 in Chicago's last nine games as a favorite. That seals the deal for me.

Prediction: Under 6.5
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.