Last Updated: 2017-11-10
The KeyBank Center will play host to a divisional showdown as the Buffalo Sabres square off against the visiting Florida Panthers. This one will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10 and it can be caught live on MSG Western New York.
Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds
Buffalo (-125) is currently favored over Florida (+105). The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals and initially opened at -110 for the over and -110 for the under. That line has since shifted however, and it presently sits at -120 over and +100 under.
Losing -5.3 units for moneyline bettors, Buffalo is 5-10 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 33-49 record that the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 15 games this season, eight have gone over the total, while five have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 2-4 SU at home this season.
The Sabres have converted on just 11.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
The Sabres, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties just 3.3 times per game this season, a number that is pretty close to the 3.6 penalties per game they gave up last year. After serving an average of 9.0 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to kill penalties for only 6.9 minutes per matchup this year.
Averaging 22.5 saves per game with a .902 save percentage, Robin Lehner (4-7-1) has been the top goalkeeper for the Sabres this year. If Buffalo decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Phil Housley could turn to Chad Johnson (1-6-6 record, .878 save percentage, 3.84 goals against average).
The Sabres will continue relying on offensive production from Evander Kane and Jack Eichel. Kane (15 points) has produced nine goals and six assists and has recorded multiple points three times this year. Eichel has four goals and 10 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in nine contests.
On the other side of the ice, Florida is 4-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 14 regular season outings, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while three have gone under and none have pushed. The Panthers are 1-5 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Panthers have converted on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully killed off 73.7 percent of all penalties.
Florida’s skaters have been penalized 4.9 times per game this season. Last season, that number was at 4.1, which was the seventh-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 9.9 penalty minutes per game a year ago (10th-most in the league), the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 11.7 minutes per matchup this season.
James Reimer (26.1 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Florida. Reimer has three wins, six losses, and one OT loss to his credit, and has registered a .890 save percentage and 4.00 goals against average this year.
Vincent Trocheck (seven goals, nine assists) and Jonathan Huberdeau (five goals, 11 assists) have been the top playmakers for Florida and will pace the attack for the visiting Panthers.
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Predictions: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over
The over has hit in three of Florida’s last five outings.
After averaging 32.2 shots per game as a team last season (the third-most in the league), Florida has attempted 34.3 shots per game overall this season, and 33.6 in its last five road games.
Over Florida’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-5 in those games).