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    Preview: Columbus at Buffalo

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 8, 2016
    Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

    The Buffalo Sabres have a chance to post their longest winning streak of the season on Friday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in their final home game. The surging Sabres made it three victories in a row with a 3-1 win at New Jersey on Wednesday night to improve to 7-2-2 over their last 11 games.

    Buffalo got off to a 3-7-0 start to this season and later had a pair of six-game skids before turning things around. “This shows how much we’ve grown,” goaltender Chad Johnson said after the latest victory. “Get rid of October with that learning curve as a group, with a new coach and new players. After that, we’ve showed we can be a good team.” Likewise, the Blue Jackets would like to turn back the clock after stumbling out of the gate with eight straight defeats. Following a four-game skid, Columbus is starting to get their offense untracked, sandwiching a pair of 5-1 victories around a 4-2 setback to the New York Rangers over its last three contests.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), MSG Buffalo

    ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (32-40-8): A two-time 20-goal scorer with the Rangers, Brandon Dubinsky tallied twice in Wednesday’s win to boost his total to 17 – his highest in four seasons with Columbus. “If we’re going to progress as a team, (Dubinsky) has to score,” coach John Tortorella said. “He’s a guy that ends up with a lot of chances. He has more to give – he knows that – and if we’re going to be a better team, he has to (score more).” Brandon Saad has scored five times in four games and is one shy of his first 30-goal season.

    ABOUT THE SABRES (34-35-11): Forward Tyler Ennis, sidelined since suffering a concussion on Dec. 30, practiced Thursday for the first time since he sustained the injury, although he will be held out of the final two games. “To say I wasn’t scared at some point would be probably a lie, but I feel so good right now. I feel great. I feel 100 percent,” Ennis said. “I wish we could play 82 more games.” Buffalo promoted Cole Schneider and Evan Rodrigues from Rochester of the American Hockey League and both are expected to make their NHL debuts on Friday.


    1. C Jack Eichel has 24 goals and is bidding to become the first rookie to lead Buffalo in that catergory since Ray Sheppard (1987-88).

    2. Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky set a franchise record with his 97th victory while halting a three-start skid.

    3. Buffalo has won both meetings this season, outscoring Columbus 8-2.

    PREDICTION: Sabres 4, Blue Jackets 3


    Hot teams
    — Sabres won last three games, allowing five goals.

    Cold teams
    — Blue Jackets lost five of their last seven games.

    Series records
    — Sabres won four of last six games with Columbus.

    — Over is 5-0-1 in last six Columbus games.

    — None


    Grand Salami – April
    By VI News

    The Grand Salami in pro hockey is decided by adding up all the goals scored in every game scheduled for that particular day. You can wager on ‘over’ or ‘under’ the Grand Salami total. The total is set by adding up all listed ‘over/under’ odds for each game on that particular day.

    Note: The Grand Salami will have no action if any game is suspended or cancelled before the regulation time of three twenty minute periods. Also, regardless of the number of goals scored during the shoot out portion of the overtime, the final scored recorded for the game will give the winning team on more goal than its opponent based on the score at the end of regulation time.

    *The majority of sportsbooks do not put out a total on the Grand Salami when there is only one game on the card. For tracking purposes, we will continue to show the ‘over/under’ for goals and combined goals scored on days with just one game.

    October | November | December | January | February | March


    Date No. of Games Total Goals Combined Goals Scored Result

    4/1 5 25 36 OVER
    4/2 11 58 57 UNDER
    4/3 5 26 34 OVER
    4/4 5 25.5 32 OVER
    4/5 11 59.5 62 OVER
    4/6 3 16.5 17 OVER
    4/7 13 70.5 78 OVER
    4/8 1 – – –


    Hockey Crusher

    Buffalo Sabres -120 over Columbus Blue Jackets
    (System Record: 70-5, lost last 2 games)
    Overall Record: 70-79-23



    3 Unit Play Take #2 Buffalo -110
    over Columbus
    (7:05pm est):
    I like the way Buffalo has been playing of late and here at home this is a cheap price against an opponent who’s worse than the Sabres. They have a chance here to make it their longest winning streak of the season and that should be the motivating reason for this team who like to end the season on a red hot run.

    Take Buffalo here. Three of my first four days on the diamond to start the season have been winning one’s as I once again look to have another huge month of April betting baseball. Join me in what I feel is the best month of the year in all sports as I’ve made my clients over 10k in profits the last three years betting April baseball.

    Take Buffalo


    Johnny Goodtimes

    Single:(NHL Season -12.25*)

    Buffalo Sabres **-110}
    1 Unit

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