The Buffalo Sabres (20-22-4) travel to face off against the Anaheim Ducks (15-30-1) on Tuesday, January 23rd. This game will be played at Honda Center in Anaheim and televised on ESPN+. Both the Sabres and Ducks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Sabres vs Ducks
The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Buffalo enters today’s game with an overall record of 20-22-4, which has them sitting in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Sabres have gone 13-18 this season, and they are 7th in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, Buffalo has gone 6-4, and they have won three straight games when they have been favored.
On the road, the Sabres have gone 9-10-3 this season, and they have won two straight games away from home. When they have been favored this season, Buffalo has gone 10-6-1, and they have gone 3-2 in their last five games.
Buffalo enters the game with a puck line record of 24-22 and a road puck line record of 14-8. So far this season, the Sabres have won 15 games by multiple goals.
Over their last ten games, Buffalo’s puck line record is 6-4, and their average scoring margin as the favorite is 0.2 goals per game. Their puck line record as the favorite is 6-11.
After suffering a 3-1 loss at home to the Lightning, the Sabres are looking to bounce back today. Offensively, the Sabres did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Lightning but found the net one time in the second period. Against Tampa Bay, Buffalo’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 27 shots on goal overall.
Coming in as the underdog, Buffalo not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. Combining for 4 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At 31 points, the Ducks are in 14th place in the Western Conference. In the Pacific Division, they are in 7th place. Overall, Anaheim has a record of 15-30-1. Over their last ten games, the Ducks have gone 2-8 and have lost three straight games.
When playing at home this season, Anaheim has gone 6-17-1. As the underdog, the Ducks have gone 14-26-1 this year, including a current losing streak of two games.
On the season, Anaheim has an average scoring differential of -1.0 goals per game. So far, the Ducks have lost 20 games by multiple goals and 11 games by one goal. Their overall puck line record sits at 24-22.
As the underdog, the Ducks have a puck line record of 23-18, including dropping their last three games against the puck line. In their last 10 games at home, Anaheim has gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
The Ducks aim to bounce back following their 5-2 loss at home to the Rangers. In the first period on offense, the Ducks managed to score two times, but that turned out to be the only scoring they could muster for the entire game. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 18 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Anaheim not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 23rd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 13th in the league. So far this year, the Sabres are 14-14 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-8 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Sabres come in with an over/under record of 19-26-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 27 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
Ducks Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 29th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 26th in the league. So far this year, the Ducks are 2-13 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 12-14 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Ducks’ have an over/under record of 21-23-2. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Buffalo Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 26th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.8 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 10th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Anaheim Team Defense
The Ducks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 25th in takeaways and an average of 6.1 takeaways per contest. They hold 7th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.3 goals given up per game.
Sabres vs Ducks Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Sabres have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- Through their last three home contests, the Ducks offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Anaheim posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.
- As the betting underdog, the Ducks have an puck line mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Anaheim posted a straight up mark of 2-8 in these matchups.
- Buffalo has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 3-0 SU and 3-0 puck line in their last three games.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Ducks to come out with a win against the Sabres while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at +134, I’m placing my bet on the Ducks to win outright.
Our projections have the Ducks pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Ducks, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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