Buffalo Sabres vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Preview 2/28/20

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The Buffalo Sabres, fueled by Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, are prepared to take the ice against Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West matchup. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will showcase the matchup, which gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28.

Buffalo Sabres at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Buffalo (+220) is playing the role of underdog to Vegas (-260), and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at an even 6 goals (-115 over, -105 under).

Vegas is 35-30 straight up (SU) and has recorded -10.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the Pacific Division so far this season, hasn’t moved much from what the team managed during last year’s regular season (43-39). Of its 65 games this season, 33 have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team’s 20-14 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have converted on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.

With a .908 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (26-20-5) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Knights this season. If Vegas chooses to rest him, however, head coach Peter Deboer might roll with Malcolm Subban (9-11-11 record, .890 save percentage, 3.18 goals against average).

On the other side of the rink, Buffalo is 29-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 63 regular season outings, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. As a road team, the Sabres are 10-20 SU.

The Sabres have converted on 19.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 32nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.1 percent of all penalties.

Linus Ullmark (28.5 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Buffalo. Ullmark owns a 16-17-3 record, while registering a .914 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The Sabres are 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Golden Knights are 3-2 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • Buffalo has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas has been attempting 35.4 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • Five of Vegas’ last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 4-1 overall in those games.
  • The Knights this season have tallied the fourth-most hits per game in the NHL (27.2).