2019-20 NHL – Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames taking place? Friday 6th December, 2019 – 02:00 (UK)

Where is Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames taking place? Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary)

What channel is Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Buffalo Sabres @ Calgary Flames? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Buffalo Sabres 2 – 3 Calgary Flames

THE TEAM NEWS

BUFFALO SABRES

  • The Sabres are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, as they destroyed the New Jersey Devils to the tune of a 7-1 home win. They have been struggling in recent weeks, however, and they have won just two of their last five games. Two of those defeats have come in overtime, though.
  • Right winger Kyle Okposo will be a game-time decision due to concussion-like symptoms. Rasmus Dahlin, Tage Thompson and Vladimir Sobotka have been ruled out with injury, while defenceman Matt Hunwick will miss the entire season with a neck problem.
  • Keep an eye on Jeff Skinner ahead of this game. He has three goals and one assist over his last six appearances, and he has scored 11 goals in 28 matches for the Sabres this season.

CALGARY FLAMES

  • The Flames are coming off a 3-1 home win over the Ottawa Senators the last time out, and they have been on the rise of late thanks to three wins in their last four games. Three of those games (W2, L1) have ended in overtime, meaning the Flames are not making things easy regardless of the outcome of the game.
  • Defenceman Travis Hamonic has been listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, and he will be a game-time decision ahead of this contest. Forwards Sam Bennett and Austin Czarnik are both out, while Juuso Valimaki has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
  • Keep an eye on Johnny Gaudreau, who has been a constant playmaking threat for the Flames this season. He currently has three assists in his last four games, and he's at 21 points, 79 shots and a minus-11 rating in 29 appearances overall.

THE PREDICTION

While the Sabres seem to be struggling in recent weeks and sit in eighth place of the Eastern Conference standings with 31 points, the Flames are on the rise thanks to their recent run of results and they have jumped to 11th place of the Western Conference, just two points away from a potential playoff berth. The Sabres have better peripheral stats since they have a stronger attack – 85 goals scored against Calgary’s 73 – and a better defence – 83 goals conceded against Calgary’s 86 – but the Flames have been playing well enough at home to be considered as favourites.

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