SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Florida Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Arena on Sunday.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on their current three-game win streak after a 7-6 OT win over New Jersey last time out. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 96 points including a team-high 73 assists while Aaron Ekblad has 57 points with 15 goals and 42 assists as well as a team-high +38 plus/minus rating this season. Sam Reinhart has 66 points, logging 24 goals and 42 assists. Aleksander Barkov has a team-high 33 goals as well for Florida this season. Sergei Bobrovsky’s gone 33-6-3 with a 2.55 GAA and a .914 save percentage between the pipes for Florida while Spencer Knight is 14-8-3 with a 2.94 GAA and an .905 save percentage this season.
The Buffalo Sabres will try to build on a 4-3 win over Nashville in their last game. Tage Thompson leads the Sabres in scoring with 53 points including 30 goals while Rasmus Dahlin also has 43 points with a team-high 34 assists and Jeff Skinner has 48 points with 27 goals. Kyle Okposo also has 40 points with 17 goals and 23 apples this season. Craig Anderson has an 13-9-2 record with a 3.07 GAA and a .901 save percentage between the pipes for Buffalo this season.
Florida is 8-1 in their last 9 division games and 5-2 in their last 7 games played on no rest while the over is 8-1-2 in their last 11 division games. Buffalo is 19-39 in their last 58 home games and 36-80 in their last 116 games overall while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
I get the case to be made either way here as the Sabres actually haven’t been playing all that bad but the Panthers are just the better team across the board. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Both teams have found themselves scoring pretty well as of late and I think we get another high-scoring affair here. Give me the over here.