Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres Free Preview 1/14/20

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The KeyBank Center is the site for an intriguing matchup as the Vegas Golden Knights square off against the Buffalo Sabres. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will showcase this East-West matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds

Buffalo (+120) is playing the role of underdog to Vegas (-140), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).

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Vegas is 24-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team in 2019-20, the Knights are 10-11 SU.

Vegas has converted on 21.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, Vegas has been sent to the penalty box 3.8 times per game overall in the 2019-20 season, and 2.8 per game over its past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .907 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (18-14-3) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this year. If head coach Gerard Gallant chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Malcolm Subban (6-10-3), who has a .898 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average this year.

Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone will both lead the way for the visiting Golden Knights. Pacioretty (45 points) has tallied 20 goals and 25 assists, and has recorded multiple points 11 times. Stone has 16 goals and 27 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 31 games).

On the other side of the ice, Buffalo is 20-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 46 regular season contests, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while another 23 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 13-9 SU at home this season.

Buffalo has converted on 18.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Buffalo players have been whistled for penalties 3.5 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over their past five contests. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 4.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Linus Ullmark (28.4 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Buffalo. Ullmark has 14 wins, 15 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has maintained a .911 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average this season.

Jack Eichel (27 goals, 32 assists) will lead the attack for the Sabres.

Vegas Golden Knights at Buffalo Sabres Betting Picks

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Over


Betting Notes

Vegas is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Buffalo is 1-1 in shootouts.

Four of Vegas’ last five games have gone over the total.

The Golden Knights have averaged the league’s third-most shots on goal (34.1) while Buffalo has attempted just the 26th-most (29.8).

Over Buffalo’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-5 in those games).

Vegas skaters have dished out the league’s fourth-most hits per game (27.6), but the team’s averaged just 19.2 hits over their last five away games.


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