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Sabers vs. Flames (October 20)

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Sabers vs. Flames odds

Sabers odds +225
flame odds -275
over/under 6.5 (-120/+100)
time 9:30 PM ET
tv set SN360
Odds by BetMGM. Get the latest NHL odds here.

If you’ve heard this before please stop. But with plenty of young talent making a difference at the NHL level, the Buffalo Sabers finally seem to be turning a corner.

On Tuesday night, Buffalo will try to shock Edmonton as a big underdog and follow up that performance against a Calgary Flame team that looked downright terrifying early in the season.

Calgary posted a 3-0 record in tough games against the Avalanche, Oilers and Golden Knights.

Can the up-and-coming Sabers pull off two Shockers in a row?

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At the end of last season, coach Don Granert’s side showed important signs of a potential breakout, winning six of their last eight games and posting a strong performance. expected goals 52.99% rating.

The Sabers followed suit with a very encouraging 2-1-0 start, the only loss being a respectable home effort against a powerful Florida Panthers team.

Buffalo’s 44.35 xGF% so far this year isn’t quite what you’d expect, but they’re facing tough competition, with the Sabers leading the scoreboard for a lot of game time.

The Sabers have plenty of players who are likely to move forward this season.

Rasmus Dahlin was an offensive force from the back end against Edmonton and set the pace for the Sabers with 1.42 expected goals.

Owen Power also seems likely to produce powerful attacks from the backend, and throughout the three games Saber’s pack moves from the backend have improved significantly compared to early last year.

This is good news for Tage Thompson, Victor Olofsson and Alex Tuch. I believe the Sabers will score much better all season long.

Buffalo produced 4.46 expected goals against the Oilers on Tuesday and felt they were rated highly in line with the way the game was played. Also, the Sabers felt he scored a four-goal output.

Allowing just two goals on defensive play like we saw in that contest could be much less reproducible, as Buffalo allowed a 5.21 xGA in all situations, and that number is down from the Sabers all season long. Matches what you see.

Eric Comrie was a great goal for the Sabers in that contest. This is not surprising given his split in Winnipeg a year ago.

It’s unclear if Comrie will get a fresh start here or Granert will return to veteran Craig Anderson, but note that Comrie is likely the better option this season for handicap purposes. please.

Calgary Flames

Calgary’s offseason acquisitions of Nazem Kadri, Jonathon Huberdoh and Mackenzie Wieger have been shining early this season.

Calgary dominated the competition with 12 goals in their first three games.

Calgary are playing with a 4.31 xGF/60, the fifth-highest in the league this season, and could play at a high tempo here as well and hand over play to a young Sabers team.

As a good old coach, Darryl Sutter’s team has been aggressively attacking with five players in the offensive zone, and his team’s aggressive pursuit of the puck has been better than expected over the past two seasons. Leading to high event hockey.

Sutter also said he’s focused on managing the minutes of number one goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom this year and will find one start a week for backup Dan Vlader. rice field.

If Sutter is true to that statement, it could mean Vladar is in the game. Markstrom played Vegas on Tuesday, and the Flames played the Carolina elite team on Saturday, so you’d think this would be backup night.

Saber vs. Flames Pick

Buffalo has shown solid offense and I believe the Sabers will continue to deliver more offensive power than many expected.

The Sabers should be able to manage a reasonable amount of offense in this location, even against the Flames side, which is one of the best defensive teams in the league.

But I don’t think Sabers hold Flames to a lower bar. We’re likely to see a fast-paced game, which I think will result in a high-scoring matchup.

At -115 for over 6.5 this game believes it’s a good price to play.

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