Looking to win big? The Canucks and Sabres face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Sabres are hosting the game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. The Canucks come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 7 goals.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS BUFFALO SABRES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Buffalo Sabres +1.5

This game will be played at KeyBank Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.

WHY BET THE BUFFALO SABRES:

  • Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Sabres winning this game by a score of 4-2.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+128)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Canucks Make it Happen in Buffalo?

As the second-place team in the Western Conference and the first-place team in the Pacific Division, the Vancouver Canucks have been favored in 23 of their 42 games this season. Overall, the Canucks have a record of 28-11-3, and they have won four straight games and seven of their last ten. On the road, Vancouver has won four straight games and has a record of 14-7-2.

Over their last five games, the Canucks are 4-1, and they have won their last three games. Against other teams in the Western Conference, Vancouver has gone 16-8 this season, and they have gone 9-4 against other teams in the Pacific Division.

On the season, Vancouver has a puck line record of 30-12, including a road puck line record of 16-7. They have 21 wins by multiple goals and have gone 8-2 vs. the puck line in their last ten games.

When favored, the Canucks have a puck line record of 14-9, and their average scoring margin in those games is +1.7 goals. So far, they have 30 wins by more than one goal, and their average scoring differential for the season is +1.3 goals per game.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Vancouver is 6.5. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Canucks come in with an over/under record of 26-14-2.

Vancouver has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

When looking at their offense, the Canucks have an average of 3.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 27th in the league. So far this year, the Canucks are 13-5 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 14-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Vancouver’s current leading scorer is Brock Boeser. This season, he has 27 goals, which puts him 4th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Boeser has 19 assists this season.

Buffalo defense takes on the Canucks ranked 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 27th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Thatcher Demko has started 30 games this season. His current record stands at 21-8, and his save percentage is 0.981%.

Can the Sabres Hold Strong at Home?

Buffalo comes into tonight’s game with a record of 18-20-4, good for 40 points. In the Eastern Conference, they sit in 14th place and 7th in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 5-5.

At home this season, Buffalo has gone 9-10-1, and they have been the underdog in 27 of their 42 games. When not favored, the Sabres have gone 10-14-3. In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo has gone 13-17.

At home this season, the Sabres have gone just 7-13 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is at -.4 goals per game. So far, they have 13 wins by multiple goals and five wins by just one goal.

Buffalo’s puck line record for the season is at 21-21, and they have gone 17-10 against the puck line when listed as the underdog. In their last 10 games at home, the Sabres have a puck line record of just 3-7.

For the season, Buffalo’s games have finished with an average of 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.5. Overall, the Sabres have an over/under record of 19-22-1.

Vancouver has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

For their offensive performance, the Sabres come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 17th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Sabres offense is 28th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 19th in the NHL.

Buffalo’s leading scorer is Jeff Skinner. So far, he has 17 goals which is 28th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Skinner has 16 assists this season.

The Sabres defense is currently 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against Buffalo. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 27th with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-8, and his save percentage is 0.66%.