Vegas Golden Knights at Buffalo Sabres Free Pick 1/14/20

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Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and the Vegas Golden Knights will do battle against Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center in an East-West showdown. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will broadcast the game, and the opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds

Buffalo (+120) is playing the role of underdog to Vegas (-140), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).

Vegas is 24-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the away team in 2019-20, the Knights are 10-11 SU.

Vegas has converted on 21.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties..

Sporting a .907 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (18-14-3) has been the top option in goal for Vegas this year. If Vegas decides to rest him, however, they could go with Malcolm Subban (6-10-3 record, .898 save percentage, 3.04 goals against average).

On the other side of the rink, Buffalo is 20-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 46 regular season outings, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while another 23 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 13-9 SU at home this year.

The Sabres have converted on just 18.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Linus Ullmark has denied 28.4 shots per game as the primary netminder in the crease for the Sabres. Ullmark has 14 wins, 15 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has registered a .911 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average this season.

Vegas Golden Knights at Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The Sabres are 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Golden Knights are 3-0 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in four of Vegas’ last five outings.
  • The Golden Knights have averaged the league’s third-most shots on goal (34.1) and Buffalo has attempted just the 26th-most (29.8).
  • Over Buffalo’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-5 in those games).
  • Vegas skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (27.6 per game), but the team’s recorded just 19.2 hits over their last five away games.