Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview 1/11/20

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Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, and the Vancouver Canucks will do battle against Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel, and the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center in an East-West tilt. The match will get started at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11 and it’ll air live on Sportsnet.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds

This contest’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by bookmakers yet.

Vancouver is 23-21 straight up (SU) and has netted 3.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 44 regular season outings, 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Nucks are 9-13 SU on the road in 2019-20.

Vancouver has converted on 24.2 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked 20th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 80.1 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 29.6 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (15-15-3) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this season. If Vancouver chooses to rest him, however, head coach Travis Green may go with Thatcher Demko (8-7-1 record, .903 save percentage, 3.20 goals against average).

Buffalo is 19-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 22 of its outings have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 13-8 SU at home this year.

The Sabres have converted on just 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Linus Ullmark has stopped 28.7 shots per game as the top choice in the crease for the Sabres. Ullmark has 13 wins, 15 losses, and three OT losses and has registered a mediocre 2.87 goals against average and a fairly-weak .910 save percentage this year.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Over Buffalo’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-6 in those games).
  • The Canucks are 7-6 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Sabres are 6-8 SU in games where they serve more minutes than the opposition.
  • Vancouver is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Buffalo is 1-1 in shootouts.
  • Vancouver has averaged 7.4 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 8.3 giveaways per game (ranked seventh).
  • Buffalo skaters have averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 8.0 giveaways per game (the 3rd-fewest in the NHL).