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NHL Buffalo Sabres vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction 3/21/2024

The Buffalo Sabres (33-32-5) travel to face off against the Edmonton Oilers (41-21-4) on Thursday, March 21st. This game will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton and televised on ESPN+. The Oilers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sabres are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Canucks. Puck drop is set for 9:00 ET.

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The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Buffalo heads into tonight’s game with a record of 33-32-5, putting them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and 6th place in the Atlantic Division. On the road, the Sabres have gone 16-15-4 for the season.

Over their last ten games, Buffalo has gone 5-5 and they have gone 1-2 over their last three games. As the underdog this season, the Sabres have gone 19-22-4.

Buffalo enters the game with a puck line record of 39-31, including going 22-13 on the road. The Sabres have been the underdog in 45 games this season, going 31-14 vs. the puck line as the underdog.

Over their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.1 goals per game. So far this season, Buffalo has 22 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by one goal.

After suffering a 3-2 loss on the road to the Canucks, the Sabres are looking to bounce back today. During the initial two periods, the Sabres struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with two goals in the third period. In the game, Buffalo managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 17 shots on goal and committed 1 turnovers.

As underdogs, Buffalo suffered a loss but still covered the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.

The Edmonton Oilers Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Oilers have gone 22-8-3, and they have been favored in 57 of their 66 games this year, going 37-16-4 in those contests. In the Pacific Division, Edmonton is in 2nd place and 5th in the Western Conference with 86 points.

Over their last ten games, the Oilers have gone 7-3, and they have won four straight games when they have been the underdog. In their last five games, Edmonton has gone 3-2, and they are 41-21-4 overall.

Edmonton has a puck line record of 31-35 this season and has gone 17-16 vs. the puck line at home. So far, the Oilers have 28 wins by multiple goals and have an average scoring margin of +.7 goals per game.

As the favorite, Edmonton has gone 27-30 against the puck line and has dropped two straight games vs. the puck line. The team’s average scoring differential at home this year is +1.2 goals per game, and their puck line record in their last ten home games is 4-6.

Facing the Canadiens in their last game, the Oilers won by a score of 3-2. Looking at the Oilers offense vs. the Canadiens, they managed to score one goal in the opening period and one time in the second period. Of Edmonton’s three goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 32 shots on goal and 10 giveaways.

Although Edmonton secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.

Buffalo Offense Breakdown

When looking at their offense, the Sabres have an average of 3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 12th in the league. The Buffalo offense is ranked 28th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 16th in the NHL.

The Sabres’ over/under record this season is 27-41-2. For the season, they have had 43 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.

Oilers Offense Breakdown

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On offense, the Oilers are averaging 3.5 goals per game which is 9th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. The Edmonton offense is ranked 6th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 11th in the NHL.

The Oilers come in with an over/under record of 27-36-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 36 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.4 per game.

Buffalo Team Defense

Defensively, the Sabres are currently 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.8 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 7th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Edmonton Team Defense

Edmonton defense takes on the Sabres ranked 31st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.4 shots per game against Edmonton. They also are 22nd in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Sabres vs Oilers Trends

  • In their last three road games, Buffalo has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
  • In their last five games at home, the Oilers have a straight up record of 4-1 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 4 goals per game in this stretch.
  • As the betting underdog, the Oilers have an puck line record of 4-1 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
  • 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 Oilers Prediction

If you’re considering a direct moneyline bet, the Oilers is the choice to make. However, with a payout of -221, you might want to use this bet as a building block for a parlay.

My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Sabres to cover. Even if the Oilers win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Sabres should 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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