The Sharks and Sabres are set to face off at 12:00 ET on NBCS. The Sabres will host the game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Sabres are the home favorites against the Sharks in a non-conference matchup.
SAN JOSE SHARKS VS BUFFALO SABRES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Buffalo Sabres -1.5
This game will be played at KeyBank Center at 12:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.
WHY BET THE BUFFALO SABRES:
- Based on projections, we have the Sabres coming out on top by a score of 4-2.
- Take the Sabres on the moneyline
- The Sabres should also cover at -1.5
Is a Road Win Possible for San Jose?
When facing teams from the Eastern Conference, the Sharks have gone 4-18 this season, and they are 8th in the Pacific Division. Overall, San Jose has a record of 10-30-3, and they have gone 1-9 in their last ten games. On the road, the Sharks have gone 4-18-1 this season.
So far this year, the Sharks have been the underdog in all 43 of their games, and they have gone 10-30-3 in those games. In their last three games, San Jose has gone 1-2, and they are 16th in the Western Conference.
On the season, the Sharks have an average scoring margin of -2.1 goals per game and have gone 17-26 against the puck line as the underdog. In their last ten games, San Jose has a puck line record of just 3-7.
So far, the team has lost 26 games by multiple goals compared to just seven losses by one goal. As the underdog, the Sharks have a puck line record of 17-26, and their average scoring margin on the road is -2.3 goals per game.
For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring San Jose is 6.2. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 17-23-3.
When looking at their past three road matchups, San Jose has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
When looking at their offense, the Sharks have an average of 2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 32nd in the league. Coming into the game, the Sharks have a 1-1 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 8-28.
San Jose’s leading scorer is Tomas Hertl. So far, he has 13 goals which is 88th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 17 assists so far.
Defensively, the Sabres come into the season ranked 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against Buffalo. For the season, they are ranked 27th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Buffalo, goalie Kaapo Kahkonen has started 17 games in this season. His current record is 5-12, and his save percentage stands at 0.709%.
Will the Sabres Come Through as Home Favorites?
Buffalo comes into tonight’s game in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 18-21-4. In their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 5-5 and are 3-2 in their last five contests. At home this season, Buffalo has gone 9-11-1, and they have been the favorite in 15 of their 43 games.
Within the Atlantic Division, the Sabres are in 7th place with a record of 7-6, and in games against the Eastern Conference, Buffalo has gone 13-17. So far this season, the Sabres have been favored in 15 games and have gone 8-6-1 in those contests.
Buffalo enters the game with an overall puck line record of 22-21, including a home puck line mark of 8-13. When looking at their average scoring margin, the Sabres come in at -.4 goals per game.
So far this season, Buffalo has been the underdog in 28 games, going 18-10 against the puck line in those contests. In their last ten games at home, the Sabres have gone just 4-6 vs. the puck line.
For the season, Buffalo’s games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.5. Overall, the Sabres have an over/under record of 19-23-1.
Across their last three road contests, San Jose has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.
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. This year, the Sabres have recorded a 12-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 6-8 record.
Buffalo’s leading goal scorer is Jeff Skinner. So far this season, he has 17 goals, placing him 31st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Skinner has 16 assists this season.
The Sabres defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against Buffalo. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 27th with 1 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. San Jose, goalie Devon Levi has started 18 games in this season. His current record is 8-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.631%.