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The Buffalo Sabres travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. In their latest game, the Carolina Hurricanes won 5-3 over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jeff Skinner had a very offensively productive game with 1 goals and 2 assists. Jeff Skinner has been solid this year with 32 total points. Derek Ryan had a big night with 1 goals and 1 assists. Derek Ryan has been an effective player with 8 goals and 9 assists this season. Brock McGinn scored once for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan Staal scored in the third period. Jordan Staal has been an effective player with 8 goals and 10 assists this season. Victor Rask had a big night with 1 goals and 2 assists. Victor Rask has been solid this year with 31 total points. Noah Hanifin had an assist. Justin Faulk had an assist. Hopefully, playing on back-to-back nights will not be an issue for Buffalo Sabres. The Carolina Hurricanes last played on Tuesday.
Cam Ward should start in net for this game. In Ward's latest appearance, he faced 27 shots and allowed 3 goals. He has been mediocre recently, with a 0.903 save percentage in his last 5 appearances.
It looks like Anders Nilsson will get the call in this one. He last played on Thursday and put together a 0.893 save percentage. It's been a good last 3 games for Anders Nilsson as he has 1 win and 1 loss with a 2.66 GAA and 0.925 SV%.
The Carolina Hurricanes have been excellent at home, posting a 13-4-1 record. The Buffalo Sabres have gone 7-7-6 on the road. The Carolina Hurricanes have gone 8-6 when playing Eastern-Atlantic opponents this season. The Buffalo Sabres have gone 4-10 when playing Eastern-Metropolitan opponents this season. The Carolina Hurricanes have been not good when playing against a team with a record above .500, posting 8 wins and 14 losses.
All of the value in this line is on the road club. We'll give the Buffalo Sabres the nod in this game.
Game Time: 7:35 PM ET
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