Golden Knights vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Golden Knights vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction 3/2/2024

The Vegas Golden Knights (33-20-7) travel to face off against the Buffalo Sabres (28-28-4) on Saturday, March 2nd. This game will be played at KeyBank Center in Buffalo and televised on ESPN+. The Sabres are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Golden Knights are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bruins. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Golden Knights vs Sabres

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The Vegas Golden Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

As the fifth-place team in the Western Conference, the Vegas Golden Knights have a record of 33-20-7. Against teams in the West, they have gone 21-13, and in the Pacific Division, they are in second place with an 11-7 record.

On the road, Vegas has gone 14-11-5 this season, and over their last ten games, they have gone 4-6. For the year, they have been favored in 36 of their 60 games and have gone 20-12-4 as the favorite.

When it comes to the puck line, Vegas has gone 31-29 this season, including 13-23 as the favorite. On the road, the Golden Knights have a puck line mark of 16-14, and their average scoring margin away from home is just +.1 goals per game.

So far, Vegas has 20 wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by just one goal. Across their last ten games, the Golden Knights have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line, and their road puck line record for the season is 7-3.

After suffering a 5-4 loss on the road to the Bruins, the Golden Knights are looking to bounce back today. On offense, the Golden Knights were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net three times in the second period and ended with one goal in the third. The Vegas offense recorded 36 shots on goal and successfully netted one time while short-handed during the game.

Vegas went into the game as the underdogs, but they still managed to cover the puck line despite the loss. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.

The Buffalo Sabres Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Sabres have gone 13-16-1, and they are 15-19-3 when playing as the underdog. In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo is 13th with 60 points and a record of 28-28-4.

Over their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 6-4, and they have won two straight games when favored. In their last five games, Buffalo is 4-1, and they have gone 2-1 in their last three games.

Buffalo comes in with an average scoring margin of -.1 goals per game and they have gone 32-28 against the puck line. The Sabres have gone just 7-16 against the puck line when favored and they have gone 13-17 vs. the puck line at home. So far, the team has 10 losses by just a single goal.

When looking at their last ten games at home, the Sabres have gone 6-4 against the puck line, and they have gone 2-3 against the puck line in their last five games at home. So far, Buffalo has gone 25-12 against the puck line as the underdog, and they have gone 3-0 against the puck line in their last three games.

The Sabres are coming off a 3-2 road win over the Lightning. Against the Lightning, the Sabres scored one goal in the first period and one time in the 3rd period. Of Buffalo’s three goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 23 shots on goal and had two giveaways.

Going into the game, Buffalo was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.

Vegas Offense Breakdown

On the offensive side, the Golden Knights are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 14th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 15th in the league. This year, the Golden Knights have recorded a 15-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 17-7 record.

This season, the Golden Knights’ have an over/under record of 29-31-0. Throughout the season, they have played 29 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.

Sabres Offense Breakdown

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On the offensive side, the Sabres are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 22nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 11th in the league. Buffalo’s offense is currently ranked 27th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 20th in the league.

The Sabres’ over/under record this season is 23-35-2. For the season, they have had 31 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.

Vegas Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Golden Knights head into the game ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.7 shots per game against Vegas. So far, they are 16th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.

Buffalo Team Defense

Defensively, the Sabres are currently 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 8th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Golden Knights vs Sabres Trends

  • Across the Golden Knights last ten road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 7-3, while going 5-5 straight-up.
  • Through their last three home games, Buffalo has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • As the betting underdog, the Sabres have an puck line record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
  • In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Golden Knights have a straight up record of 2-3 and an puck line mark of 1-4.

Golden Knights vs Sabres Prediction

If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Sabres to take down the Golden Knights at home. With the moneyline currently at -101, I’m placing my bet on the Sabres straight-up.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Sabres winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Sabres straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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