The Buffalo Sabres (10-10-2) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (11-9-1) on Thursday, November 30th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis and televised on ESPN+. The Sabres are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blues are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wild. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Buffalo Sabres vs St. Louis Blues
The Buffalo Sabres Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Blues, the Sabres have a 10-10-2 record. They hold a 5-5-0 record when playing at home, and they have gone 5-5-2 on the road. Their current record places them 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 11th in the Eastern conference. Buffalo’s average scoring difference this season sits at -0.3, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 13-9. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of -0.5, and on the road, it is -0.2.
The Sabres are coming off a 5-1 road win over the Rangers. Against the Rangers, the Sabres’ offense scored in all three periods. In the game, Buffalo managed to score all five goals at even strength. They concluded with 39 shots on goal and committed 3 turnovers.
Despite being the underdog, Buffalo managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The game ended with a total of 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As they head into their game vs. the Sabres, the Blues have a 11-9-1 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 6-3-0, and they have 5-6-1 mark on the road. Their current record places them 4th in the Western Central division and 7th in the Western conference. This season, St. Louis’ average scoring margin is -0.2, which has their puck line record at 11-10. Their average home scoring margin is +.3, and in road games, it stands at -0.6.
In their most recent game, the Blues fell to the Wild on the road by a score of 3-1. The Blues started strong on offense with one time in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. Against Minnesota, St. Louis’ offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 24 shots on goal overall.
Coming in as the underdog, St. Louis not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 4 goals.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sabres come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 25th in the league. The Buffalo offense is ranked 25th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 16th in the NHL.
The Sabres come in with an over/under record of 8-13-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
The Blues come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 25th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 24th in the league. This season, the Blues are 6-2 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 4-6 record.
The Blues come in with an over/under record of 6-13-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Buffalo Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 18th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
Defensively, the Blues are currently 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.3 shots per game against St. Louis. They also are 12th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Sabres vs Blues Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Buffalo has an puck line mark of 7-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 4-6 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Across their ten previous home games, St. Louis has an puck line mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Blues have a straight up record of 5-5. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 5-5.
- The last ten games that Buffalo was favored, they have an puck line mark of 2-8 while going 7-3 straight up.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Sabres to come out with a win against the Blues while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +102, 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.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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