San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres preview

San Jose will host the Sabres, one of the worst teams in the NHL, in a vital match for the home side. The Sharks are currently in the 6th position in the Western Conference, and although they’re playing well lately, their place in the playoffs is far from secured. On the other hand, Buffalo is clearly out of the postseason picture in the East, and they are visiting San Jose as underdogs.

Buffalo won four out last five matches against San Jose, but the Sharks won the lone game they played this season. It was 2:1, and Patrick Marleau scored a winner in overtime. However, the Sabres shouldn’t be taken lightly because they can indeed cause problems to the hosts. San Jose is much better away from home this year, and they just finished their five-game road trip with three wins. The last game was a shootout loss to Colorado Avalanche, 3:4. They are the third best scoring team in the NHL, but their home record is awful. The Sharks are among the worst home teams while they’re the best in away games. San Jose won six out of last ten games; Buffalo won only three.

 

The Sabres can start to think about the next season because this one was a disaster for them. But, they will continue to fight, and their game isn’t bad at all. Buffalo played very well in last game at Anaheim, but failed to score, so they fell to a 1:0 defeat. Like the Sharks, Buffalo is also better away from home, and that can make this game a tricky one. Although I think San Jose will win it, don’t get too convinced, and don’t invest a lot of money. BetVictor offers the best odds at 1.75, but could go down to just 1.5, so my advice is to play as soon as possible.

 

Joe Pavelski
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Joe Pavelski (26G 30A) is the most dangerous Shark, and he will be a constant threat to Buffalo’s defense. Joe Thornton (14G 42A), is the 4th in assists in the league, and he’s having a great season as well. Brent Burns (20G 31A), another efficient Shark, can cause trouble from the defensive end. The center Tommy Wingels is the only unavailable player for San Jose, so they will have pretty much healthy team for the match.

 

Buffalo’s best player this year, Ryan O’Reilly is injured, and he will be hugely missed. He scored 17 goals and 32 assists this year. The rookie Jack Eichel will have to step up in O’Reilly’s absence; the 19-year-old center scored 17 and added 24 assists thus far. Rasmus Ristolainen (8G 27A), Sam Reinhart (18G 9A), Jamie McGinn (14G 13A), and Evander Kane (16G 9A), could be on the scoreboard as well. Tyler Ennis and Cody McCormick are also on injured reserve list, so the Sabres cannot count on them.