The Buffalo Sabres (20-23-4) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (22-14-9) on Wednesday, January 24th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN+. Both the Sabres and Kings will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 ET.
Sabres vs Kings
The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Buffalo comes into this game with an overall record of 20-23-4 and are 14th in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 5-5 and are on a two-game losing streak. On the road this season, Buffalo is 9-11-3.
As the underdog, the Sabres have gone 10-16-3 this season and have lost two straight games when coming in as the underdog. In games against other teams in the Eastern Conference, Buffalo is 13-18.
Buffalo enters the game with a puck line record of 24-23 this season, including going 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games. The Sabres have gone 18-11 against the puck line as the underdog.
This season, Buffalo has an average scoring margin of -.3 goals per game, and they have 15 wins by multiple goals. The Sabres have gone 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten road games.
After suffering a 4-2 loss on the road to the Ducks, the Sabres are looking to bounce back today. On offense, the Sabres did not find the net in the first or second period but scored two goals in the third period. Of Buffalo’s two goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 30 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
Buffalo went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The game concluded with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Kings have gone 8-9-6, and they are 16-11-6 when favored. In the Pacific Division, Los Angeles is in fourth place with a record of 6-5.
Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone just 2-8, and they are 22-14-9 overall. In the Western Conference, Los Angeles is in seventh place with 53 points.
Los Angeles enters this game with a puck line record of 20-24 and their average scoring margin sits at +.6 goals per game. They have gone just 2-8 against the puck line in their last ten home games and have dropped six straight games at home vs. the puck line.
So far this year, the Kings have won 16 games by multiple goals, and their puck line record as the favorite is just 11-21. In their last ten games overall, the team’s puck line record is 2-8, and they have gone just 1-4 vs. the puck line in their last five games.
The Kings are looking to bounce back from a 4-3 loss at home to the Sharks. Offensively, the Kings couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored one time in the second period and two goals in the third. Of Los Angeles’ three goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 47 shots on goal and five giveaways.
Los Angeles went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
The Sabres come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 22nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 12th in the league. Buffalo’s offense comes into the game ranked 26th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 22nd in the NHL.
This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 19-26-2. Throughout the season, they have played 28 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Kings Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Kings are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 7th in the league. So far this year, the Kings are 15-12 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Kings’ have an over/under record of 17-26-1. Throughout the season, they have played 28 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Buffalo Team Defense
Buffalo defense takes on the Kings ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.9 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 10th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Los Angeles Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Kings head into the game ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. So far, they are 9th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Sabres vs Kings Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Buffalo has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 3-7 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 2-8. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Los Angeles has an puck line mark of 3-2 while going 2-3 straight up.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Sabres have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their puck line record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Kings are the way to go. However, with a payout of -189, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Sabres to cover. Even if the Kings 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 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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