The Buffalo Sabres (12-15-3) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (20-5-5) on Friday, December 15th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sabres are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Avalanche. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Buffalo Sabres vs Vegas Golden Knights
The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Sabres have an overall record of 12-15-3. On the road, Buffalo holds a 6-8-2 mark, and they are 6-7-1 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 7th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 14th in the Eastern conference. This season, Buffalo has managed to win eight games by a margin of more than one goal while losing 10 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 15-15.
The Sabres aim to bounce back following their 5-1 loss on the road to the Avalanche. In the first period, the Sabres found success on offense with one time, but that was the end of their scoring for the game. Buffalo’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 30 shots on goal in total.
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 6 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Vegas Golden Knights Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Sabres, the Golden Knights have a record of 20-5-5 so far. At home, their record is 11-2-2 and 9-3-3 on the road. They are currently positioned 1st in the Western Pacific division and 1st in the Western conference. Vegas has 12 wins by more than one goals and dropped five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 15-15 this season.
In their most recent game, the Golden Knights faced the Flames and came out victorious with a score of 5-4. The Golden Knights’ offense scored in each period against the Flames. Out of Vegas’ five goals, two were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 39 shots on goal and had five giveaways.
Despite the straight-up win, Vegas did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sabres come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. Buffalo’s offense is currently ranked 26th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 20th in the league.
The Sabres’ over/under record this season is 12-17-1. For the season, they have had 14 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Vegas Offense Breakdown
The Golden Knights come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 5th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. The Golden Knights went 11-5 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-0.
The Golden Knights’ over/under record this season is 13-17-0. For the season, they have had 16 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Buffalo Team Defense
Buffalo defense takes on the Golden Knights ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against Buffalo. They alsso are 25th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Golden Knights head into the game ranked 12th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.3 shots per game against Vegas. So far, they are 6th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Sabres vs Golden Knights Trends
- Across the Sabres last five road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Vegas has an puck line record of 4-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- As the betting underdog, the Golden Knights have an puck line record of 5-0 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Sabres have a straight up record of 6-4. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-7.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Sabres to pick up on a win over the Golden Knights and the road. With the moneyline sitting at +183, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Sabres straight-up.
Our projections have the Sabres pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Sabres, 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 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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