Chicago Blackhawks vs. Buffalo Sabres / NHL – This match against Buffalo could not have come at a better time teams for the players of Chicago. Blackhawks are in a very bad series and they need a victory to restore the lost confidence. Buffalo is the weakest team in the Eastern conference, but, in the final round they made a surprise by defeating New York Rangers away, and they will certainly on the wings of that victory try to surprise Chicago in this match. Begins: 06.01.2017. – 02:30 CET
Due to very bad results lately, Chicago has lost nearly all the advantage they had in relation to their other companions. But regardless of poor form, they are still in first place of the Western conference with one point more than Minnesota. However, this they will have to improve their game in the continuation, because Minnesota plays great and they could take a leadership position. Chicago is after two away matches returning to their hall where they will play four games in a row. They will have a somewhat easier schedule, because after Buffalo, they will welcome Carolina, Nashville and Detroit.
In the middle of last month, Chicago's players have recorded a positive series of five wins in a row. But at the end of the month, they experienced three consecutive defeats, all three at home. Their negative series was interrupted away against Nashville. And they played the next two matches away. Blackhawks continued with their weak games in the last two rounds. First they lost to Carolina and then to St. Louis Blues in the last round. In the last six games, they suffered five defeats and made just one win. Therefore, this next match is of great significance for hockey players of Chicago. They are hosting the last ranked team from the Eastern conference and everything but a victory of the host team would be a big surprise.
Buffalo has during this season made a few surprises and overcame a lot of quality teams. But they also made six defeats in a row and are therefore in last place in the standings in their conference. One of these surprises was made in the last round when they beat the defeated New York Rangers away. They welcomed this match after two defeats in a row and no one was giving them a good chance against a team that is third in the Eastern conference. Rangers are really playing very well at home and they are rarely losing matches.
However, Buffalo players have played one of their best games of the season and at the end they celebrated a landslide victory with a score of 1:4. Already at the beginning of the third period, Sabres had the lead with 0:3 and the Rangers did not have the strength to return to the match. All they have managed to do was the honourable score from Holden. By the end of the game Buffalo has scored another goal thanks to Eich and also recorded a surprising victory. This is the second time this season they defeated the Rangers. Despite these victories Buffalo has remained in last place, but now they have the same number of points as the Islanders who are one position above.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Buffalo Sabres PICK
Both teams are in bad shape before this match. Chicago cannot seem to improve their game, while Buffalo in the last eight games made six defeats. We believe that Chicago has a much better team, which the position on the table shows, and therefore we give advantage to the hosts in this match. They simply no longer have the right to blunder, but Buffalo is not a team that can bind a few good games.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks win
Odds: 1.80 at betsson (down to 1.75 can be played)