Is it too little, too late for the Buffalo Sabres at this stage of the NHL season? Maybe not, as the Sabres are playing their best hockey of the year and still have chance to see the post season can they upset the sportsbook odds tonight?

Handicappers and touts have been burned by them all season long as the Sabres were a massive disappointment following a seemingly successful offseason. But as we enter Saturday’s action, the Sabres are merely four points out of a playoff spot with two games in hand on the team they are chasing: the Winnipeg Jets.

Buffalo is 5-0-1 in their last six games but Saturday figures to be their toughest test yet as they visit the NHL’s best team in Vancouver.

Saturday, March 3rd

NHL Odds: Canucks -195

The Buffalo Sabres can win because…

Ryan Miller is playing out of his mind. As per usual, the Sabres seem to go as Miller does and right now, that direction is up. Miller has posted back-to-back shutouts and has allowed only seven goals in his last six starts. He has a .964 save percentage and 1.35 goals-against average in that span. Prior to the All-Star break, Miller had a 3.07 GAA with just one shutout in 30 starts. Since the All-Star break, his GAA is 1.67 and he’s posted four shutouts in 14 starts.

The Sabres are 10-3-3 in their last 16 games and the key to their success has been good starts. The Sabres have scored first in eight straight games and are 5-1-2 in that span. On the season, they are 20-7-6 when they score first and just 9-20-2 when they don’t.

The Canucks have hit the skids a little recently and while they lead the league with 90 points, they are just 3-3 in their last six. There’s definitely an opening for the Sabres here.

Roberto LuongoThe Vancouver Canucks can win because…

The Vancouver Canucks are the better team overall.

For the Sabres to win on Saturday, Miller has to stonewall a much more deep and talented offense, and the Sabres have to find a way through the Canucks stellar defense and goaltending as well. For the Canucks to win, they really just need to put a couple of pucks past Miller.

It’s not like the Sabres are scoring much these days. Yes, they are 5-0-1 in their last six but they’ve tallied just nine goals in their last five games. It’s going to be tough for them to walk into Rogers Arena and leave with a win with only one or two goals.

The Canucks are 3-1-2 in their last six but at a closer look, losing to Nashville, Phoenix and Dallas by a combine four goals – three hot Western Conference teams – is nothing to be embarrassed about. Overall, the Canucks have just one regulation loss in their last 18 games.

Vancouver is a particularly tough team to be at home with a record of 19-6-4. They’re also 6-0-1 in their last seven while the Sabres are just 13-16-1 on the road this year.

Outlook & NHL betting prediction:

The two teams that swung arguably the biggest trade at the trade deadline will meet on Saturday but it’s not a time for nostalgia. The Sabres need wins to keep up in the playoff race while the Canucks need points to protect their home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

It’s a tough call on the side and I am steering clear from this in my NHL picks for today. While the Canucks are probably the slight lean, the price tag seems a little high given how well the Sabres arep laying these days.

Take a look at the under given the way Miller is playing these days. Look for this game to be low scoring and under the number.

NHL Picks: Under