The Buffalo Sabres (21-23-4) travel to face off against the San Jose Sharks (13-31-4) on Saturday, January 27th. This game will be played at SAP Center in San Jose and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 4:00 ET.
Sabres vs Sharks
The Buffalo Sabres Are Coming Off A Win
Buffalo comes into this game with an overall record of 21-23-4 and are 14th in the Eastern Conference. In conference play, the Sabres have gone 13-18 and are 7th in the Atlantic Division.
On the road, Buffalo has gone 10-11-3 this season. In games where they have been favored, the Sabres have gone 10-7-1. Over their last ten games, Buffalo has gone 6-4 and have gone 3-2 in their last five games.
Buffalo enters the contest with an overall puck line record of 25-23, which includes going 7-3 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. On the road, the Sabres are 15-9 vs. the puck line this season.
So far this year, Buffalo has 16 wins by more than one goal and 17 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten road games, the Sabres have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line.
Facing the Kings in their last game, the Sabres won by a score of 5-3. Against the Kings, the Sabres’ offense netted goals in all three periods. In the game, Buffalo managed to score all five goals at even strength. They concluded with 37 shots on goal and committed 5 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Buffalo came away with a victory against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 8 goals.
The San Jose Sharks Are Coming Off A Win
Despite being the underdog, the Sharks have won three straight games and are looking to continue their winning ways at home. San Jose is 8-12-2 at home this season and 13-31-4 overall. In the Western Conference, the Sharks are 15th and 8th in the Pacific Division.
Over their last three games, San Jose has gone 3-0 and 4-6 over their last ten games. As the underdog, the Sharks are 13-31-4 this season. In the Western Conference, San Jose has gone 6-19 in conference games and 4-11 in division games.
San Jose enters the game with a puck line record of 21-27 and an average scoring margin of -1.9 goals per game. So far, the Sharks have had 10 losses by more than one goal compared to just three wins by multiple goals.
As the underdog, San Jose has a puck line record of 21-27 and has lost 27 games by more than one goal. In their last 10 home games, the Sharks have gone 5-5 against the puck line.
In their previous game, the Sharks hosted the Rangers and game away with a 3-2 win. In the first and second periods, the Sharks couldn’t find the net on offense, but they managed to score two goals in the third period. In the game, San Jose managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 22 shots on goal and committed 6 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, San Jose came away with a victory against the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sabres come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 20th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. This year, the Sabres have recorded a 14-14 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 7-9 record.
This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 20-26-2. Throughout the season, they have played 22 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Sharks Offense Breakdown
The Sharks come into the game scoring an average of 2.1 goals per game, putting them 32nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. So far this year, the Sharks are 1-1 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 11-29 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Sharks’ have an over/under record of 19-26-3. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Buffalo Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.2 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 11th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
San Jose Team Defense
Entering the game, the Sharks’ defense ranks 27th in takeaways, averaging 5.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 1st in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.7 goals per game.
Sabres vs Sharks Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Buffalo has an puck line mark of 6-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Across the Sharks last ten home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 5-5, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Sharks have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their puck line record was 4-1 in these scenarios.
- The Sabres have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 3-2 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
To those searching for a pure moneyline wager, the Sabres is the clear pick. Still, with a payout of -186, it’s worth thinking about including this bet in a parlay.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Sharks to cover. Even in the event of a Sabres victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Sharks should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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