The Sabres end a tough seven-game road trip that has gone south out west with three-straight losses, and their tired legs should help tonight's game in Vancouver stay 'under.'
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For a number of different reasons I believe we're getting excellent value on the 'under' when the Buffalo Sabres head west to face the Vancouver Canucks.
While their lead in the Northeast Division remains secure, the Sabres (30-13-7) have stumbled during the second half of their seven-game trip, losing three straight games in California at Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Standout goalie Ryan Miller, who will lead the United States’ Olympic team in Vancouver next month, stopped 19 of 23 shots, allowing four or more goals for just the second time in his last 27 appearances as the Sabres lost 5-2 in San Jose on Saturday night.
On the other side of the rink, the Canucks go for a fifth-straight win Monday night against the Sabres, who have dropped three straight overall and have not won in Vancouver in more than 10 years.
In their 5-1 win over Chicago on Saturday night, Roberto Luongo made a season-high 43 saves to help out a banged-up defensive corps that was lacking injured regulars Sami Salo, Willie Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa.
It's interesting to point out that Vancouver has in fact seen the total go 'under' the posted number in four of its last six after a three-game unbeaten streak and in 16 of its last 27 when playing against a team with a winning record.
Bottom line: Four out of the last six times these teams have played against each other in Vancouver, the total has gone 'under' the posted number.
I believe when you take this strong trend into account and couple it with the rest of these factors, the 'under' is worth a second look in this game.
Free Pick: Sabres-Canucks Under 5½ (-120)
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