sabres vs coyotes nhl betting prediction

NHL: Sabres vs. Arizona Coyotes Prediction 12/16/2023

The Buffalo Sabres (13-15-3) travel to face off against the Arizona Coyotes (14-13-2) on Saturday, December 16th. This game will be played at Mullett Arena in Tempe. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 9:00 ET.

Buffalo Sabres vs Arizona Coyotes

The Buffalo Sabres Are Coming Off A Win

Coming into their game vs. Coyotes, the Sabres have a 13-15-3 record. They hold a 6-7-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 7-8-2 on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 6th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 13th. Buffalo comes in with nine wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost 10 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 16-15.

The Sabres are coming off a 5-2 road win over the Golden Knights. In the opening period, the Sabres couldn’t find the net on offense, but they rebounded with one time in the second period and four goals in the third. In the game, Buffalo managed to score all five goals at even strength. They concluded with 27 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.

Despite being the underdog, Buffalo managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.

The Arizona Coyotes Are Coming Off A Win

In their 29 games, the Coyotes have a 14-13-2 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 9-5-0 record, and their record on the road is 5-8-2. In the Western Central division, they are currently 5th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 8th. Arizona’s average scoring margin this season is +.2 leading to an overall puck line record of 14-15. Their scoring margin at home is +.9 and -0.5 on the road.

In their previous game, the Coyotes hosted the Sharks and game away with a 1-0 win. On the offensive front, the Coyotes failed to score in the first or third periods against the Sharks, but they found the net one time in the second period. Arizona’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 24 shots on goal in total.

Arizona 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. Combining for 1 goal, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.

Buffalo Offense Breakdown

On the offensive side, the Sabres are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 17th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 7th in the league. So far this year, the Sabres are 8-8 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 5-7 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The Sabres’ over/under record this season is 13-17-1. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.

Arizona Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Coyotes are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. This season, the Coyotes are 6-2 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-9 record.

So far, the Coyotes have an over/under record of 16-12-1. Coming into the game, they have played 15 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.1 goals per game.

Buffalo Team Defense

Buffalo defense takes on the Coyotes ranked 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.7 shots per game against Buffalo. They alsso are 25th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Arizona Team Defense

Arizona defense takes on the Sabres ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 31.7 shots per game against Arizona. They alsso are 6th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Sabres vs Coyotes Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Sabres have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
  • Across their three previous home games, Arizona has an puck line mark of 0-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Coyotes have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
  • Spanning across their last three games as the betting favorite, the Sabres have gone 1-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.

Sabres vs Coyotes Prediction

For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Sabres to pick up on a win over the Coyotes and the road. With the moneyline sitting at -104, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Sabres straight-up.

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.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

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