Monday's NHL Prediction
It’s still too early in the 2010-11 NHL Season for Chicago fans to panic, but the Blackhawks are in need of a win on Monday night.
The defending Stanley Cup champions have gotten off to a slow start, going 0-1-1 to start the year with an overtime loss to Colorado and a home-opening loss to rival Detroit last Saturday.
Monday nigh, the Blackhawks hit the road again to take on the Buffalo Sabres for a 7PM ET drop of the puck. The Sabres enter the game at 1-1-0 on the year and slightly favored to win. Here is a closer look at the trends and our pick for this contest.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7PM ET
Buffalo is injury free while Chicago could be without center Patrick Sharp, who has an upper body injury that is making him a question mark to play Monday night.
Trends for this game favor Buffalo as the Blackhawks are just 1-4 in their last five meetings with the Sabres and 1-5-1 in their last seven games in Buffalo.
Buffalo is also 8-3 in their last 11 games as a favorite and 5-2 in their last seven games. For all of these reasons, we like a pick of Buffalo to win this game at home.