Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres Game Preview


Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, and the Los Angeles Kings will face off against Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, and the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center for a cross-country tilt. This one will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 11 and it will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports West.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds

Buffalo is 17-13 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.4 units this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Atlantic Division so far in the early season, is a surprising turnaround from how the team performed during last year’s regular season (25-57). Through 30 regular season outings, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 9-5 SU at home this season.

The Sabres have converted on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 13th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.7 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .917 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Carter Hutton (12-9-1) has been the principal option in goal for Buffalo this season. If head coach Phil Housley chooses to give him a rest, however, Buffalo could turn to Linus Ullmark (6-4-4 record, .913 save percentage, 3.04 goals against average).

On the visitors’ side of the rink, Los Angeles is 11-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 16 of its outings have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Kings are 4-9 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Kings have converted on just 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jack Campbell (25.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Los Angeles. Campbell owns a 5-8 record, and has registered a .923 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average this year.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Sabres, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • Los Angeles has managed 28.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Buffalo has been attempting 32.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • 41.2 percent of Buffalo’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 7-7 overall in games decided by at least two scores) while 72.7 percent of Los Angeles’ wins have come by two goals or more (8-15 overall in such games).
  • Los Angeles skaters have accounted for the league’s 11th-most hits per game (22.5).