Upcoming Free Picks

Buffalo vs. Carolina Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 3-16-2019

This is a past game! View all upcoming NHL games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#47 Buffalo
Sabres 6
#48 Carolina
Hurricanes -215

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7:08pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Buffalo Sabres

30 - 40

30-40
ATS
38-30
O/U
2
PPG
3
OPPG

Carolina Hurricanes

38 - 32

38-32
ATS
30-39
O/U
2
PPG
2
OPPG

Betting Trends

All NHL

No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for NHL.

Featured Video from Scott Steehn

The Carolina Hurricanes will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation when they entertain the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Arena on Saturday night. Carolina had won 10 of its last 13 contests (10-2-1) heading into a road date with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Sabres saw their losing streak hit six games with Thursday’s setback against Pittsburgh.

Shut out three times in a row

Buffalo has lost six straight games (0-5-1), including the last three by shutout after falling 5-0 to Pittsburgh at home on Thursday. That has all but dropped the Sabres out of contention for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference despite going on a 10-game winning streak earlier in the season.

“It’s proven to work earlier this (season), so this is a frustrating time for us,” forward Conor Sheary said of his team’s system. “We’re obviously not feeling great about ourselves. We just have to come to the rink ready to work each day and hopefully put out a better effort Saturday.”

Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 36 goals, one shy of his career high in 2016-17 with Carolina, but is mired in a 13-game drought and has not scored a point in four contests. Forward Sam Reinhart is stuck on 58 points after going without one for six games, while rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin has been kept off the scoresheet in seven contests this month.

Rare regulation loss

The Hurricanes hope to resume their surge toward a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on the heels of a tough loss when they open a five-game home-stand against the fading Sabres. Carolina produced 46 shots but suffered its second regulation loss in 10 games (7-2-1) with a 3-0 setback at Columbus on Friday to fall into a virtual tie with the Blue Jackets for the top wild-card spot–with both sitting two points ahead of ninth-place Montreal.

“I think it’s a mental challenge this time of year,” head coach Rod Brind’Amour said before Friday’s game. “The guys have been grinding so hard, especially our group from where we’ve come from. We had to put it in high gear about game 30. Other teams had the luxury of not having to press that early. But we’ve pressed pretty hard and that takes a mental toll.”

The Hurricanes go after their ninth straight victory in the series after picking up a pair of one-goal wins this season while the Sabres are suffering through a stretch of 197 minutes, 40 seconds of scoreless hockey. Sebastian Aho leads the team with 77 points, including six goals and four assists in the past 10 games. Fellow forward Teuvo Teravainen posted four assists in the past three games to push his point total to 65. Power forward Micheal Ferland (17 goals, 35 points) recorded five shots in his return to the lineup Friday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Buffalo forward Alex Nylander, the eight overall pick in the 2016 draft, has one shot in two games since being recalled. Defenseman Zach Bogosian (upper body) missed Thursday’s game and is listed as questionable. Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce leads the team with a plus-29 and has three assists in the last three games. Buffalo is 0-4 in its last four on the road against opponents with winning home records and 0-4 in its last four trips to Carolina. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last four against losing opponents and 8-0 in the last eight meetings between the two teams. It is also worth noting that the favorite is 6-0 in the last six head-to-head matchups.

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek made 17 saves Friday to take the loss and end his six-game winning streak and that could give Saturday’s start to veteran Curtis McElhinney, who has allowed 12 goals in his last two outings. Buffalo captain Jack Eichel is eligible to return to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for an illegal hit. The 22-year-old center leads the team with a career-high 72 points to sit two away from 100 career goals. The over is 7-3 in the Sabres’ last 10 overall, 4-1 in their last five on the road, and 5-1 in their last six against the Eastern Conference. It is also 6-1 in the Hurricanes’ last seven overall and 6-2-1 in their last nine playing on no days of rest. Additionally, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams and 15-5-1 in Buffalo’s last 21 trips to Carolina. Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over

Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Tuesday, Mar 26
NBA
#555 Boston Celtics
#556 Cleveland Cavaliers
7:05pm
View Pick
#557 San Antonio Spurs -3
#558 Charlotte Hornets 220.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#559 Orlando Magic 206
#560 Miami Heat -5.5
7:35pm
View Pick
#561 Chicago Bulls
#562 Toronto Raptors
7:35pm
View Pick
#563 Los Angeles Clippers -2.5
#564 Minnesota Timberwolves 231.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#565 Atlanta Hawks 240
#566 New Orleans Pelicans -1.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#567 Houston Rockets 227
#568 Milwaukee Bucks -3.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#569 Sacramento Kings
#570 Dallas Mavericks
8:35pm
View Pick
#571 Detroit Pistons 211.5
#572 Denver Nuggets -7
9:05pm
View Pick
#573 Washington Wizards 232.5
#574 Los Angeles Lakers -2
10:35pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#617 Wichita State 138.5
#618 Indiana -4.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#633 FIU 176.5
#634 Wisconsin-Green Bay -3.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#619 Creighton 152
#620 TCU -4
9:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#29 N.Y. Islanders 5.5
#30 Columbus -160
7:08pm
View Pick
#31 Carolina 6
#32 Washington -125
7:08pm
View Pick
#33 Buffalo -120
#34 Ottawa 6
7:38pm
View Pick
#35 Florida 6
#36 Montreal -185
7:38pm
View Pick
#37 Los Angeles 6
#38 Edmonton -205
9:08pm
View Pick
#41 Anaheim 5.5
#42 Vancouver -135
10:08pm
View Pick
Thursday, Mar 28
NCAAB
#655 Florida State 147.5
#656 Gonzaga -7.5
7:09pm
View Pick
#651 Purdue 146.5
#652 Tennessee 146.5
7:29pm
View Pick
#657 Texas Tech 125.5
#658 Michigan -2
9:39pm
View Pick
#653 Oregon 119
#654 Virginia -8
9:57pm
View Pick
Friday, Mar 29
NCAAB
#667 LSU 150
#668 Michigan State -6
7:09pm
View Pick
#673 Auburn 160
#674 North Carolina (UNC) -5
7:29pm
View Pick
#669 Virginia Tech 144
#670 Duke -7
9:39pm
View Pick
#671 Houston 135.5
#672 Kentucky -2.5
9:57pm
View Pick