The Buffalo Sabres (16-28-8) head west to face the St. Louis Blues (30-14-6) Friday at Enterprise Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we look at the Sabres vs. Blues odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Sabres were blanked 4-0 at the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday. They’ll be fired up to light the lamp in “The Lou” as they have now lost four in a row. Look for them to apply pressure early and maybe sneak one in.
St. Louis delivered a convincing 4-1 road win over the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday and has had a couple of days to rest. G Jordan Binnington was great in net, and RW Vladimir Tarasenko returned from a one-game absence with a goal.
Sabres at Blues odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Sabres +280 (bet $100 to win $280) | Blues -370 (bet $100 to win $370)
Against the spread (ATS): Sabres +1.5 (+112) | Blues -1.5 (-140)
Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -140 | U: +112)
Sabres at Blues projected goalies
Craig Anderson (6-6-0, 2.92 GAA, .907 SV%) vs. Ville Husso (12-3-2, 1.97 GAA, .936 SV%, 2 SO)
Anderson is 1-4-0 with a 3.83 GAA and has allowed 3 goals or more in four of five games in February. That figures to happen again Friday as the team continues to rebuild.
If you aren’t familiar with Husso yet – get to know him. He draws the start here in somewhat of a surprise. Binnington was great Tuesday, and it was thought he might get another start here. But Husso has been great as well with a 3-0-1 record and a 2.26 GAA since the All-Star break. Husso’s 1.97 GAA leads the NHL, and he looks to be a Goliathan task for the Sabres Friday.
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Sabres at Blues odds, lines, picks and predictions
Blues 4, Sabres 1
The Blues (-370) are too expensive to play on the money line most nights and this slate is no different. PASS
Against the spread
The BLUES -1.5 (-140) have won six of 10 games, and all of those wins have been by at least 2 goals. They’re 7-0 in the last seven games when playing on two days’ rest or more. This could even wind up being a 5-1 score considering how good Binnington looked against Philadelphia.
The announcement of Husso in net swayed the money line and puck line heavier to the Blues, but the O/U didn’t change. With Husso between the pipes, there’s a slight lean to the UNDER 5.5 (+112). In his 17 starts this year, Husso has allowed one or fewer goals in nine of them. The Sabres are 26th in the league with 2.6 goals per game.
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