Planning on watching today’s Blackhawks and Sabres game? Catch the action at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY, as the Sabres hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on TNT. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6 goals, with the Sabres being the favored team playing at home against the Blackhawks.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS VS BUFFALO SABRES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Buffalo Sabres -1.5

This game will be played at KeyBank Center at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.

WHY BET THE BUFFALO SABRES:

  • Looking at our projections, the Sabres are expected to take down the Blackhawks by a score of 4-2.
  • Take the Sabres on the moneyline
  • The Sabres should also cover at -1.5

Will Chicago Win on the Road?

On the season, the Blackhawks are 13-29-2 and sit in 15th place in the Western Conference. In the Central Division, Chicago is in 8th place with a record of 3-13. On the road, the Blackhawks are 4-18-1 and have lost five straight games.

As the underdog, Chicago has a record of 12-28-2 this season and has lost three straight games when not favored. Over their last ten games, the Blackhawks are just 2-8 and have gone 2-3 in their last five games.

Chicago enters the game with a puck line record of 20-24 this season and has dropped two straight games vs. the puck line. Overall, the Blackhawks have 23 losses by more than one goal compared to just five wins by multiple goals.

So far this year, the Blackhawks have been the underdog in all but two games and have a puck line record of 20-22 as the underdog. Their average scoring margin on the road is -2.2 goals per game, and their road puck line record is 8-15.

On average, Chicago’s games have finished with 5.9 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.3. In total, the Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 17-25-2.

In their last three games away from home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.

On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.2 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. This season, the Blackhawks are 1-8 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 12-19 record.

The leading scorer for Chicago’s offense is Connor Bedard. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 59th in the NHL. Bedard also comes into the game with 18 assists.

The Sabres defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.3 shots per game against Buffalo. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 19th with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Arvid Söderblom has started 16 games this season. His current record stands at 2-13, and his save percentage is 0.602%.

Can Buffalo Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Buffalo comes into today’s game with a record of 19-21-4 and are currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 5-5 and have won two straight games as the favorite.

At home this season, Buffalo is 10-11-1 and have been favored in 16 of their 44 games. In games against Eastern Conference opponents, the Sabres have gone 13-17.

Buffalo comes into this game with a puck line record of 23-21 and they have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games. The Sabres have gone 14-8 against the puck line on the road, and their average scoring margin for the year is at -0.3 goals per game.

So far, Buffalo has been the underdog in 28 games and their puck line record as the underdog is at 18-10. The Sabres have won three games in a row against the puck line, and they have gone 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten home games.

The average goal total for Buffalo’s games is sitting at 6.2. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Sabres come in with an over/under record of 19-24-1.

Across the Blackhawks last three road games, the team averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.

On the offensive side, the Sabres are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 20th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 11th in the league. The Sabres went 13-13 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-8.

Buffalo’s current leading scorer is Jeff Skinner. This season, he has 17 goals, which puts him 36th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 16 assists so far.

The Sabres defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.3 shots per game against Buffalo. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 19th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen comes into the game having made 19 starts this season. So far, his record is 10-9 and he has a save percentage of 0.699%.