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Chicago vs. Buffalo, 02/01/2019 19:00 EDT, Score: 7 - 3

Money Line: -155 Buffalo

Sportsbook: Betonline

Result: Loss

8* Buffalo (7:05 ET): This will be Chicago's 1st game since the All-Star Break. Meanwhile, it's the third for the Sabres. But I wouldn't worry about any fatigue from the latter's perspective. Buffalo is finally back home and should be pretty fired up to play in front of its fans, against a lesser opponent no less. From the very start of the season, my read on the Blackhawks has been pretty consistent. The oddsmakers were slow to realize just how bad this club truly is and we've been able to take advantage numerous times by going against them, no matter the price.

There are many reasons why Chicago has fallen so hard. Little depth is one. Being unable to keep their opponents from scoring is another. But the bottom line is that only one team (Kings) has a worse YTD goal differential, and only two (Kings, Senators) have fewer points at this juncture. The Blackhawks are 30th in the league in goals allowed and last (31st) in penalty killing. Two wins before the All-Star Break (both at home) isn't going to convince me that the second half will be much different than the 1st. The loss of goaltender Corey Crawford for the forseeable future leaves them w/o a viable option between the pipes.

At one point, Buffalo was the talk of the league w/ a 10-game win streak. But they've subsided since and now find themselves outside the top eight in the Eastern Conference. But there's still hope as they're only three points back of the Wild Card. They've played two one-goal games since the Break, winning 5-4 in Columbus, then losing 1-0 in Dallas the following night. But now they're back home where they haven't played since January 12th. The crowd should be happy to see them. Like Chicago, there is a depth issue here beyod the top line. But the Sabres are still on pace to blow past their preseason projection of 80.5 points and they have a 14-6-3 SU record at home. Wednesday was only the 2nd time all season that they've been shutout. Big bounce back game at home for them tonight against an easy opponent. 8* Buffalo

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