The Los Angeles Kings (24-15-10) travel to face off against the Buffalo Sabres (22-25-4) on Tuesday, February 13th. This game will be played at KeyBank Center in Buffalo and televised on ESPN+. The Kings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sabres are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Blues. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Kings vs Sabres
The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win
On the year, the Kings have gone 24-15-10, putting them in 4th place in the Pacific Division and 7th in the Western Conference. When playing on the road, Los Angeles has gone 15-6-4, and they come into this game having won two games in a row.
Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone 4-6, and they have gone 2-3 over their last five games. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, Los Angeles has gone 15-11 this season.
On the season, the Kings have gone 22-27 against the puck line, including going 12-23 as the favorite. So far, they have 18 wins by multiple goals and have gone 3-7 against the puck line in their last ten games.
When playing on the road, Los Angeles is 13-12 vs. the puck line and has an average scoring margin of +.9 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the Kings have gone 3-7 against the puck line.
In their most recent game, the Kings faced the Oilers and came out victorious with a score of 4-0. On offense, the Kings were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net two times in the second period and ended with two goals in the third. Los Angeles’ one power-play goals contributed to their total of 4 goals. Their offensive performance came with 26 shots on goal and seven giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Los Angeles came away with a victory against the puck line. With a combined total of 4 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Sabres have gone 11-14-1, and they have dropped three straight games at home. In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo is 14th with a record of 22-25-4. Against other teams in the Atlantic Division, the Sabres have gone 7-7 this year.
As the underdog, Buffalo is 11-17-3, and they have lost two straight games. Over their last ten games, the Sabres are 5-5, and over their last five games, they have gone 2-3. For the year, Buffalo has been the underdog in 31 of their 51 games.
At home this season, the Sabres have gone 11-15 against the puck line and have an average scoring margin of -.3 goals per game. So far, Buffalo has been the underdog in 31 games and has a puck line record of 20-11 as the underdog.
Overall, the team’s puck line record is 27-24, and they have 17 wins by multiple goals. In their last ten games at home, the Sabres have gone 5-5 against the puck line.
Coming off a 3-1 loss at home to the Blues, the Sabres are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Sabres did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Blues but found the net one time in the second period. Buffalo’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 34 shots on goal in total.
In this game, Buffalo was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. Combining for 4 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
The Kings come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 19th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. This season, the Kings are 15-12 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 7-2 record.
The Kings come in with an over/under record of 19-28-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.9 per game.
Sabres Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sabres come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 24th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 11th in the league. The Buffalo offense is ranked 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 22nd in the NHL.
This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 21-28-2. Throughout the season, they have played 24 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Los Angeles Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Kings head into the game ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.1 shots per game against Los Angeles. So far, they are 6th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.
Buffalo Team Defense
Defensively, the Sabres are currently 27th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.1 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Kings vs Sabres Trends
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 3-7. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Across their last five home contests, Buffalo has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 1 goals per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Sabres have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 2-1.
- As the betting favorite, the Kings have an puck line mark of just 1-4 in their last five games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Sabres to take down the Kings at home. With the moneyline currently at +122, 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.
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