Arizona Coyotes vs. Buffalo Sabres Game Preview

Considered by some to be the two weakest clubs in the NHL, the Arizona Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres meet at the KeyBank Center in an East-West matchup. The action gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 21, and it’s being televised live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes at Buffalo Sabres Odds

With a moneyline of -130, Buffalo enters the contest as the favorite. The line for Arizona sits at +110, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 to bet the under, +105 for the over).

Arizona is 24-48 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Coyotes are 9-24 SU on the road in 2017-18.

Arizona has converted on just 15.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.1 percent of its penalties.

The Coyotes, as a collective unit, have been sent to the penalty box just 3.3 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 4.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Boasting a .925 save percentage and 27.2 saves per game, Antti Raanta (17-24-6) has been the best option in goal for Arizona this season. If head coach Rick Tocchet decides to rest him, however, the team may go with Darcy Kuemper (12-13-4 record, .925 save percentage, 2.26 goals against average).

The visiting Coyotes will be led by Clayton Keller and Derek Stepan. Keller has 53 points on 20 goals and 33 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 10 different games. Stepan has 12 goals and 35 assists to his creditand has logged a point in 37 games.

Over on the other bench, Buffalo is 23-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 72 regular season matches, 35 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team is 11-26 SU at home this year.

The Sabres have converted on just 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.2 percent of all penalties.

Buffalo skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Robin Lehner (27.3 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for the Sabres. Lehner has 14 wins, 37 losses, and nine overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a .911 save percentage and 2.93 goals against average this season.

Jack Eichel (22 goals, 32 assists) will pace the attack for Buffalo.

Arizona Coyotes at Buffalo Sabres Betting Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Buffalo is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 2-5 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Buffalo’s last five games.
  • A majority (56.5 percent) of Buffalo’s wins have come by two or more goals and the team is 13-27 overall in such games. 9 of Arizona’s 24 wins (37.5 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • Arizona skaters have given out the league’s fourth-most hits per game (24.4).