Carolina vs Buffalo: prediction for the NHL match
Carolina are 5th in the East. They recently suffered a dip in form and won only 1 out of 6 games. In the last three matches, the Hurricanes lost to Washington (3:6), Dallas (1:3), and Ottawa (2:3).
The defeat to the Senators was unexpected. Rod BrindAmour's men had an excellent game and created a large number of chances, but just couldn't find the back of the net, which the opponent took advantage of.
Buffalo are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference table. The Sabres are one of the main outsiders this season, they don't really have prominent leaders in the roster, except for Victor Olofsson, who only recently returned to the ranks after an injury.
After their victory against Montreal (4:1), the Sabres suffered 3 defeats in a row. They lost to Detroit (2:3 OT), Seattle (4:7) and Florida (4:7). Don Granato's men had an excellent chance against the Panthers and were leading 4:2 after the second period, but they conceded 5 goals in the final 20 minutes.
In the last 5 games against Buffalo, Carolina scored more than 3 goals.
In the last 5 head-to-head games, more than 1 goal was scored in the second period.
Carolina were defeated in two games in a row, but they looked great against Ottawa, and luck just wasn't on their side. Buffalo have one of the weakest lines of defense in the league, so at the moment they can hardly fight off the Hurricanes. Moreover, in the latest head-to-head games, the Hurricanes always got the upper hand.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1.5) to Carolina
We do not doubt that this will be an open game with multiple attacks and scoring chances. Buffalo concede a lot this season, and the Hurricanes usually net four and more goals in home matches,
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals