The Sabres and Kings are set to face off at 10:30 ET on ESPN+. The Kings will host the game at Arena in Los Angeles, CA. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Kings are favored by -1.5 vs. the Sabres in a non-conference matchup.


The Pick: Los Angeles Kings -1.5

This game will be played at Arena at 10:30 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.


  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Sabres to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+152)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Buffalo Pull Off A Win at Arena?

Buffalo comes into tonight’s game against the Kings with a record of 20-23-4, which has them in 7th place in the Atlantic Division and 14th place in the Eastern Conference. On the road, the Sabres have gone 9-11-3 this season.

Over their last ten games, Buffalo has gone 5-5 and they have lost two straight games. As the underdog this season, the Sabres have gone 10-16-3.

Buffalo enters the game with an overall puck line record of 24-23, including going 6-4 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. So far this season, the Sabres have been the underdog in 29 of their 47 games and have an underdog puck line record of 18-11.

On the road, Buffalo has gone 14-9 vs. the puck line, including a 5-5 mark in their last ten road games. This season, the Sabres have 15 wins by multiple goals compared to just five wins by one goal.

This season, Buffalo’s games have an average of 6.1 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Sabres come in with an over/under performance of 19-26-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Buffalo has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

Offensively, the Sabres come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 22nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 12th position in the league. The Buffalo offense is ranked 26th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 22nd in the NHL.

Buffalo’s leading scorer is Jeff Skinner. So far, he has 17 goals which is 47th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 16 assists so far.

Defensively, the Kings are currently 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 9th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Devon Levi gets the start and has made 18 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-7, and his save percentage is 0.583%.

Will the Kings Come Through as Home Favorites?

At home this season, the Kings have gone 8-9-6, and they are 16-11-6 as the favorite. In the Western Conference, Los Angeles is in 7th place with 53 points and a record of 22-14-9.

Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone just 2-8, and they are 2-3 in their last five games. In their last three games, Los Angeles has gone 1-2.

On the year, the Kings have gone 20-24 against the puck line, and they have gone just 2-8 against the puck line in their last ten games at home. So far at home, the Kings have an average scoring margin of .0 goals per game.

Los Angeles has gone just 11-21 against the puck line when favored this year, and they have gone just 6-14 against the puck line in their last 20 games at home. The Kings have 16 wins by multiple goals this year.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Los Angeles is 5.8. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.2. The Kings come in with an over/under record of 17-26-1.

Buffalo has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

Offensively, the Kings come into the game at 3.2 goals per contest placing 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 7th position in the league. Los Angeles’ offense comes into the game ranked 16th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the NHL.

Los Angeles’ current leading scorer is Trevor Moore. This season, he has 21 goals, which puts him 24th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Moore has 12 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Kings head into the game ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. So far, they are 9th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.

Goalie Cam Talbot comes into the game having made 29 starts this season. So far, his record is 14-11 and he has a save percentage of 0.874%.