The Arizona Coyotes (13-11-2) travel to face off against the Buffalo Sabres (11-14-3) on Monday, December 11th. This game will be played at KeyBank Center in Buffalo and televised on MSG-. Both the Coyotes and Sabres will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Arizona Coyotes vs Buffalo Sabres
The Arizona Coyotes Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
So far this season, the Coyotes have an overall record of 13-11-2. On the road, Arizona is 5-6-2 and 8-5-0 at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 5th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 8th. Arizona has seven wins by more than one goals and dropped six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 14-12 this season.
In their most recent game, the Coyotes fell to the Bruins on the road by a score of 5-3. Offensively, the Coyotes couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored two times in the second period and one goal in the third. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 34 shots on goal and had 15 turnovers.
Coming in as the underdog, Arizona not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals for the game.
The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As they head into their game vs. the Coyotes, the Sabres have a 11-14-3 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 5-8-1, and they have 6-7-2 mark on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 7th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 14th. Buffalo’s average scoring margin this season is -0.5, leading to an overall puck line record of 14-14. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of -0.7, while on the road, it is -0.4.
The Sabres are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss at home to the Canadiens. In the first and second periods, the Sabres didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with two goals in the third period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 48 shots on goal and had 7 turnovers.
Buffalo went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
Arizona Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Coyotes come in averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, which is 17th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. So far this year, the Coyotes are 5-2 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 8-7 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the over/under record for the Coyotes’ is 15-11-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Sabres come into the game at 2.8 goals per contest placing 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 13th position in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Sabres offense is 25th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 19th in the NHL.
This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 11-16-1. Throughout the season, they have played 17 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Arizona Team Defense
The Coyotes defense is currently 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.5 shots per game against Arizona. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 16th with 2 shutouts.
Buffalo Team Defense
The Sabres defense is currently 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Buffalo. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 24th with 1 shutouts.
Coyotes vs Sabres Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Coyotes have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- When looking at their past three home matchups, Buffalo has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Sabres have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Coyotes have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 8-2.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Sabres to secure a victory over the Coyotes at home. With the moneyline currently set at -131, I’m locking in my bet on the Sabres straight-up.
For a puck line pick, we are going with the Sabres to win and cover. Look for the Sabres to win this one by multiple goals over the Coyotes.
If you’re looking at the the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will stay below that threshold, and we strongly suggest placing a bet on the under.
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