Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Sabres and Canucks. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Canucks as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals.


The Pick: Vancouver Canucks -1.5

This game will be played at Rogers Arena at 10:00 ET on Tuesday, March 19th.


  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Sabres winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+169)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Buffalo Pull Off a Road Win?

Buffalo enters this game with an overall record of 33-31-5, which puts them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Sabres have gone 19-22 this season. Over their last ten games, Buffalo has gone 6-4.

When playing on the road this season, the Sabres have gone 16-14-4. As the underdog, Buffalo has gone 19-21-4 this season and has won three straight games when not favored.

As the underdog, the Sabres have a puck line record of 30-14 this season. So far, Buffalo has 22 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by just one goal. Their average scoring margin on the road is -.1 goals per game.

So far, the team’s overall puck line record is at 38-31. In their last ten games, the Sabres have a puck line record of 7-3, and their puck line record on the road is at 21-13.

The average goal total for Buffalo’s games is sitting at 6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.4. The Sabres come in with an over/under record of 27-40-2.

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

The Sabres come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 19th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 10th in the league. Looking at how the Sabres’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 28th in power play goals and 16th in shorthanded goals.

Buffalo’s leading goal scorer is Jeff Skinner. So far this season, he has 24 goals, placing him 44th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 21 assists so far.

The Canucks defense is currently 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.1 shots per game against Vancouver. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 5th with 6 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Devon Levi has started 19 games this season. His current record stands at 9-7, and his save percentage is 0.527%.

Will the Canucks Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Vancouver Canucks currently sit atop the Western Conference standings, leading the Pacific Division by five points. Vancouver has gone 42-18-8 overall this year, including a 21-7-4 record at home. Over their last ten games, the Canucks have gone just 5-5, but they have won three of their last five games.

Against other teams in the Western Conference, Vancouver has gone 23-15 this year, and they have been favored in 45 of their 68 games. When favored, the Canucks have gone 28-12-5. Over their last three games, Vancouver has gone 1-2.

When favored, Vancouver has gone 19-26 against the puck line this season. Overall, the Canucks have gone 37-31 on the puck line, including a mark of 18-14 at home. So far, Vancouver has won 27 games by multiple goals.

At home, the Canucks have an average scoring margin of +1.2 goals per game. In their last ten home games, Vancouver has gone just 2-8 against the puck line. Over their last ten games overall, the team’s puck line record is just 2-8.

For the season, Vancouver’s games have finished with an average of 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.4. Overall, the Canucks have an over/under record of 36-28-4.

Although Buffalo has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.

Offensively, the Canucks come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 3rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 25th position in the league. Coming into the game, the Canucks have a 21-7 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 20-11.

Vancouver’s current leading scorer is Brock Boeser. This season, he has 36 goals, which puts him 11th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Boeser has 30 assists this season.

Vancouver defense takes on the Sabres ranked 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.1 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 5th in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Goalie Casey DeSmith gets the start and has made 19 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-5, and his save percentage is 0.491%.