The Buffalo Sabres (12-14-3) travel to face off against the Colorado Avalanche (17-9-2) on Wednesday, December 13th. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 9:30 ET.
Buffalo Sabres vs Colorado Avalanche
The Buffalo Sabres Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Avalanche, the Sabres have a record of 12-14-3 so far. At home, their record is 6-7-1 and 6-7-2 on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 7th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 14th. This season, Buffalo’s average scoring margin is -0.4, which has their puck line record at 15-14. Their average home scoring margin is -0.4, and in road games, it stands at -0.4.
The Sabres played host to the Coyotes in their previous game and emerged with a 5-2 win. In all three periods, the Sabres’ offense found the net against the Coyotes. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 38 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
Buffalo came in as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage and, as a result, recorded a win against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
The Colorado Avalanche Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Avalanche have a mark of 17-9-2. When going on the road, Colorado has a record of 7-5-2 record, while they are 10-4-0 at their home arena. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 4th in the Western conference. Colorado has 13 wins by more than one goals and dropped seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 13-15 this season.
In their most recent game, the Avalanche hosted the Flames and secured a 6-5 victory. Offensively, the Avalanche’s offense scored in each period against the Flames. Out of Colorado’s six goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 38 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
Colorado couldn’t cover the puck line despite the straight-up win, as they entered the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 11 goals.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Sabres are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 20th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 11th in the league. Looking at how the Sabres’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 25th in power play goals and 20th in shorthanded goals.
The Sabres’ over/under record this season is 12-16-1. For the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
The Avalanche come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 4th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 8th in the league. Coming into the game, the Avalanche have 10-5 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 5-4.
For the season, the over/under record of the Avalanche’s stands at 15-11-2. They have had 15 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
Buffalo Team Defense
Defensively, the Sabres come into the season ranked 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 29.6 shots per game against Buffalo. For the season, they are ranked 25th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Colorado Team Defense
The Avalanche defense is currently 21st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against Colorado. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 22nd with 1 shutouts.
Sabres vs Avalanche Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Sabres have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Across their five previous home games, Colorado has an puck line mark of 0-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Avalanche have gone 3-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Sabres have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 1-2.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Sabres to come out with a win against the Avalanche while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +175, I’m placing my bet on the Sabres to win outright.
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.
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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