Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Canucks host Sabres Saturday Night

The Vancouver Canucks will welcome Cody Hodgson back to Vancouver on Saturday night – this time in an enemy uniform. One of the more curious trade deadline moves will get a chance to prove its worth when Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer attempt to make the Canuck rue the day that the Canucks moved them to Buffalo for Zach Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani.

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Buffalo Sabres (29-27-8) at Vancouver Canucks (41-16-8)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 3, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC, MSG-B
Sabres vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+150)
Moneyline: Sabres +179: Canucks -197
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The Buffalo Sabres needed to get some scoring for their 25th ranked offense and that is just what they did at the Trade Deadline with their acquisition of one of Vancouver’s best prospects and candidate for rookie of the year.

Buffalo, despite a terrible season so far has a playoff spot in their sights and is their last two games on the road are any indication; Buffalo could emerge down the stretch and surprise the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Buffalo has gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 games to creep into striking distance of eighth in the East. Derek Roy has been playing very well and has seven points in six games and Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford each have four points in four games.

There are some struggling Sabres however – Nathan Gerbe and Ville Leino are pointless in their last five games and Jason Pominville is pointless in four.

Ryan Miller has been the story of Buffalo’s turnaround – make no mistake about it! He is 5-0-1 with a 1.14 goals against average in his last six starts and in his last two games he has not allowed a goal.

That’s two straight shutouts and a string of 134:28 minutes that Mr. Miller hasn’t allowed a goal.

The Vancouver Canucks made a pretty big statement on Thursday night holding off the St. Louis Blues to maintain their lead in the NHL’s Western Conference. The Canucks are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, have won four straight and are a very impressive 19-6-4 in their last 29 games on home ice.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

The Canucks have slipped to second in the NHL in goals for. Surprisingly, the Sedins have been shut out in three of their last four games.

Henrik Sedin has not recorded a point in four games and brother Daniel Sedin only has one point in his last four. The secondary scoring keeps getting it done however – Chris Higgins has three points in his last three games and Alex Burrows has two points in two games.

Zach Kassian has yet to record a point for his new team on the fourth line but he has been very visible. It is only a matter of time before his hard work pays off.

Roberto Luongo figures to get the start in goal again on Saturday night. He is 1-0-1 with a 1.45 goals against average in his last two games overall and in his last four starts and at home he has a sterling 0.98 goals against average.

Lou is 4-1-0 with a 2.21 goals against average in his last five against the Sabres.

Dave B’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything Canucks Predictions:

Buffalo is a brutal 1-8 in their last nine Saturday games while the Canucks have gone 11-2 in their last 13 on Saturday.

The Sabres are 5-14 in their last 19 on the road but they have won both games on their current road trip. The home team is 10-1-1 in the last 12 meetings between the two teams.

There will be no of shortage of emotion in Saturday’s game but there is one fact that cannot be denied – the Canucks are by far the superior team.

The Canucks could be due for a bit of a letdown but I can’t see it happening against an average Sabres team. The payday won’t be great but betting on the Canucks will be a payday nonetheless.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -197

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday’s game:

Total First Period Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Buffalo Shots on Goal
Line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Buffalo Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Ryan Kesler Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Zack Kassian Points
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Maxim Lapierre Points
Line = 0.5 Over (2.40) | Under (1.20)

David Booth Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Game Links

Game 66 Sabres vs. Canucks: Let Gillis Have It
- NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider usual preview isn’t so usual this time. With the trade for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani from the Buffalo Sabres and of Cody Hodgson’s return Saturday night on Hockey Night In Canada, Josh delves into the most controversial topic in Vancouver Canucks nation as we speak.

Managing Editor “Q’s” Game Notes + Preview

Click To Bet Now At Bodog (Bovada.lv If Your In USA)

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