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Columbus hosts Buffalo after Laine’s 3-goal game

February 20, 2022 GMT

Buffalo Sabres (16-26-8, seventh in the Atlantic) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (24-23-1, fifth in the Metropolitan)

Columbus, Ohio; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jackets -162, Sabres +136; over/under is 6.5

BOTTOM LINE: Columbus hosts the Buffalo Sabres after Patrik Laine scored three goals in the Blue Jackets’ 7-4 win against the Blackhawks.

The Blue Jackets are 12-14-0 in Eastern Conference games. Columbus serves 7.0 penalty minutes per game, the fewest in the NHL. Kevin Stenlund leads them averaging 0.7.

The Sabres are 8-15-8 in conference play. Buffalo has converted on 19.7% of power-play opportunities, scoring 27 power-play goals.

In their last matchup on Feb. 10, Columbus won 4-3. Jakub Voracek recorded a team-high 2 points for the Blue Jackets.

TOP PERFORMERS: Boone Jenner leads the Blue Jackets with 20 goals and has 37 points. Laine has 10 goals over the last 10 games for Columbus.

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Tage Thompson leads the Sabres with 37 points, scoring 19 goals and adding 18 assists. Alex Tuch has eight assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 6-4-0, averaging 3.6 goals, 5.6 assists, three penalties and six penalty minutes while giving up four goals per game with an .892 save percentage.

Sabres: 4-5-1, averaging three goals, 4.8 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: day to day (lower body), Emil Bemstrom: out (health protocols).

Sabres: Zemgus Girgensons: out (undisclosed), Jack Quinn: out (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.