Hurricanes vs Sabres Odds, Predictions & Best NHL Pick for Wednesday (Feb 1)
- It’s the last game before the all-star break for Carolina and Buffalo on Wednesday, February 1st
- Road warriors, the Hurricanes are second overall in the NHL in points away from home
- The Hurricanes vs Sabres odds can be seen below, as well as our best bet and prediction
Two games wrap up the NHL schedule on Wednesday, February 1st, before a five-day break for the all-star game and all it’s festivities this weekend. One of those matchups pits the Carolina Hurricanes against the upstart Buffalo Sabres with the faceoff scheduled for 7:30 pm ET in a game that will be broadcast on TNT.
Buffalo has surged up the Eastern Conference standings in the last month, even though they’re a mediocre 11-12-2 at KeyBank Center this year. You wonder if the home and road splits of each side were taken into account when the odds were laid out with the Hurricanes -167 moneyline favorites in this one.
Below, we provide the rest of the Hurricanes vs Sabres odds, while also offering up our best bet and prediction for this matchup.
Hurricanes vs Sabres Odds
|Game Time||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|Wednesday, February 1st||Carolina Hurricanes||-1.5 (+145)||O 6.5 (-113)||-167|
|7:30 PM||Buffalo Sabres||+1.5 (-180)||U 6.5 (-108)||+138|
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Both teams come into this meeting very hot, with each side collecting points in at least seven straight games. As -167 favorites on the moneyline, Carolina has an implied win probability of 62.55%, while the Sabres have a 42.02% probability to take this one.
Hurricanes on Franchise Record Pace at All-Star Break
Uncharacteristic by their lofty standards, the Hurricanes surrendered four goals in a period to the Kings on Tuesday night, going down 4-1 after 40 minutes. No matter, Carolina staged a three-goal third-period rally to tie things up before Sebastian Aho netted the game-winner on a power play in overtime.
Currently the third betting favorite in the Stanley Cup odds at +750, the Canes are on pace to record 121 points on the season, surpassing the franchise record of 116 they set just last year.
The schedule makers didn’t do Carolina any favors this week. Just eight games have been scheduled in four days, concluding Wednesday, but the Hurricanes got slotted into the calendar three times over that span. Wednesday night against the Sabres will be the second half of a back-to-back after the aforementioned victory over Los Angeles.
🔴 Down 4-1 to start the third
⚫️ Three unanswered to tie it up
🔴 @SebastianAho nets the @Energizer OT winner
It was ANOTHER incredible comeback in Raleighwood for the @Canes! 👏 pic.twitter.com/5qStW0K15e
— NHL (@NHL) February 1, 2023
They’ll muster up all the energy they have in an attempt to win their sixth in a row before getting a much deserved rest. Carolina are 6-1 on the back end of playing two nights in a row this season and defeated Buffalo 5-3 back in early-November in the same situation.
Sabres Hungry to Get Back into Playoffs
Currently, only one squad in the Eastern Conference is in a playoff position that wasn’t there last year, the New Jersey Devils. If Buffalo can continue their recent run of play into the final third of the season, we might have a second newcomer join the playoff parade.
Two weeks ago they sat tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference, six points back of the final playoff spot. After taking 11 out of a possible 12 points in their next six games, Buffalo is 9th in the East, just one point behind Pittsburgh for the final Wild Card playoff berth.
Undoubtedly, Tage Thompson has been the breakout star in the league this year, making a meteoric rise from nowhere to be seen in the Hart Trophy odds, to a top-five contender.
Don Granato is the perfect person to lead the Sabres as they try and turn things around. I asked him today when he realized Tage Thompson had flipped the switch on his career. His answer is worth your time. pic.twitter.com/9H7f867Mag
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) January 31, 2023
He sits third in the league in goals with 34 and fifth in points, poised to become the first Sabre to hit the century mark since Alexander Mogilny and Pat LaFontaine both accomplished the feat in 1992-93, 30 years ago.
Thompson is not the only one making a name for himself in Western New York. Although he’s been snubbed for the all-star game, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is one of only four blueliners with Norris Trophy odds shorter than +1000. He’s second among rearguards with 55 points, already topping his career high in that category.
Hurricanes vs Sabres Pick and Prediction
Strangely, the Sabres have been much better on the road than at home this year, although they have won their last two contests when playing host. While Carolina has been a defensive minded squad for many years under Rod Brind’Amour, recent meetings between these sides have produced a lot of scoring.
Hurricanes vs Sabres Recent Results
|11/04/2022||CAR 5 – BUF 3||CAR||CAR||Over|
|04/07/2022||CAR 5 – BUF 3||CAR||CAR||Over|
|04/05/2022||BUF 4 – CAR 2||BUF||BUF||Under|
|12/04/2021||CAR 6- BUF 2||CAR||CAR||Over|
|11/14/2019||BUF 4 – CAR 5 (OT)||CAR||BUF||Over|
Carolina has also owned the head-to-head matchups of late between these two, taking nine of the last 10 which might be another reason they’re road favorites in the NHL odds for this game.
No matter, something feels different about this Sabres team. Even though Carolina has a 6-1 record on the back end playing two nights in a row, they did lose the last time they were in this situation against a poor Canucks team two weeks ago.
A well-rested Buffalo squad should be able to take advantage of a Canes team playing their third in four nights, so our pick is to take the underdogs straight up in the Hurricanes vs Sabres odds.
Pick: Buffalo Sabres Moneyline (+138)
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