Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames Prediction 3/24/2024

The Buffalo Sabres (33-33-5) travel to face off against the Calgary Flames (33-31-5) on Sunday, March 24th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and televised on ESPN+. Both the Sabres and Flames will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 ET.

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The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

On the season, the Sabres have gone 33-33-5, including a record of 19-22 against Eastern Conference opponents. They have gone 10-11 against other teams in the Atlantic Division and are currently in 12th place in the conference.

Buffalo has dropped two straight games and has gone 2-3 in their last five contests. When playing on the road, they have gone 16-16-4 on the year and have lost two straight games away from home. As the underdog, the Sabres have gone 19-23-4 on the season and have lost two straight games when in that role.

Buffalo enters the game with a puck line record of 39-32, including a road puck line mark of 22-14. So far this season, the Sabres have 22 wins by more than one goal and have lost by multiple goals 23 times.

Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is dead even at .0 goals per contest. As the underdog, Buffalo has a puck line record of 31-15 and an average scoring margin of -.2 goals per game in 46 games.

Coming off a 8-3 loss on the road to the Oilers, the Sabres are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Sabres registered two goals during the first period and one time in the second period. In the game, Buffalo managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 29 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.

Entering the game as the underdog, Buffalo not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. With a combined total of 11 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.

The Calgary Flames Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

At home this season, the Flames have gone 18-16-1, and they have been favored in 31 of their 69 games, going 15-14-2 in those games. In their last ten games, Calgary has gone just 4-6 and they come into this game having lost their last two games. Overall, the Flames are 33-31-5 this season, and they are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference and 5th place in the Pacific Division.

Against other teams from the Western Conference, Calgary has gone 19-19 this season. In their last five games, the Flames have gone 2-3, and in their last three games, they have gone 1-2. So far this season, Calgary has scored 71 points.

Calgary’s puck line record for the season is 34-35, and they have gone 3-7 against the puck line in their last ten games. So far this year, the Flames have 22 wins by multiple goals and 11 by just one goal.

As the favorite, Calgary’s puck line record is 9-22, and their average scoring margin when favored is -.2 goals per game. In their 31 games as the favorite, the Flames have gone 16-19 vs. the puck line.

Coming off a 4-2 loss on the road to the Canucks, the Flames are hoping to bounce back today. During the first period, the Flames started slow, but they turned things around by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, Calgary managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 24 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.

As the underdog, Calgary suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. Combining for 6 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.

Buffalo Offense Breakdown

In terms of their offensive performance, the Sabres are averaging 3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 21st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 14th in the league. Buffalo’s offense is currently ranked 29th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 16th in the league.

The Sabres come in with an over/under record of 28-41-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 36 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.

Flames Offense Breakdown

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Offensively, the Flames come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 17th position in the league. This season, the Flames have a 17-16 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 15-15 record.

This season, the Flames have an over/under record of 40-27-2. Throughout the season, they have played 37 games that went over the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.4 per game.

Buffalo Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.9 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 7th in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Calgary Team Defense

Calgary defense takes on the Sabres ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Calgary. They also are 25th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Sabres vs Flames 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 averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
  • Across their ten previous home games, Calgary has an puck line mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 3 goals per game.
  • As the betting underdog, the Flames have an puck line mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Calgary posted a straight up mark of 5-5 in these matchups.
  • Against the spread, the Sabres have put together 1-2 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.

Sabres vs Flames Prediction

For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Flames to secure a victory over the Sabres at home. With the moneyline currently set at -115, I’m locking in my bet on the Flames straight-up.

If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Sabres to cover. Even if the Flames manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Sabres should cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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