Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and the Buffalo Sabres will do battle against Taylor Hall, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in an East-West tilt. Fox Arizona Plus will broadcast the matchup, which gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29.
Buffalo Sabres at Arizona Coyotes Odds
With a -175 moneyline, Arizona enters the game as the heavy favorite. The line for the Sabres is standing at +155 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Losing 8.2 units for moneyline gamblers, Arizona is 31-35 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 39-43 record the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 66 regular season matches, 37 have gone under the total, while 27 have gone over and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 16-16 SU at home.
The Coyotes have converted on 19.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Antti Raanta (14 wins, 18 losses, and three OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for the Coyotes this year. If Arizona chooses to rest him, however, the team may roll with Darcy Kuemper (15-11-11 record, .929 save percentage, 2.17 goals against average).
Buffalo has lost 2.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 29-35 straight up (SU). Through 64 regular season outings, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. As an away team, the Sabres are 10-21 SU.
The Sabres have converted on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Linus Ullmark (2.72 goals against average and .914 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Buffalo. Ullmark is averaging 28.5 saves per game and owns a 16-17-3 record.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Under
- The Coyotes are 5-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Sabres are 1-2 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Arizona’s last five outings.
- Buffalo has managed 29.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Arizona has been attempting 34.8 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- Buffalo skaters recorded 19.1 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes accounted for 24.7 hits per matchup.