Golden Knights vs Sabres, One of NHL’s Games of the Night
The Vegas Golden Knights are back and sit atop the NHL standings. The Buffalo Sabres are one of the surprises to start the season and have been fun to watch, even in defeat. The big story is if the Vegas Golden Knights can continue their awesome start to the season and win their ninth-straight game.
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports and NHL lines for Golden Knights vs Sabres. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Golden Knights Best Team in the League… Without Top Two Goalies
You’d never know that Vegas is a team playing with their top two goalies on the injured reserve list. The Golden Knights enter Thursday’s game with a 12-2-0 record, winning their last eight games.
In their previous game, the Golden Knights defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on November 8th. Nicholas Roy, Reilly Smith, and Jack Eichel scored for the Golden Knights, while Logan Thompson made 28 saves to get the win.
Eichel leads the Golden Knights in scoring with fifteen points (six goals, nine assists). While it shouldn’t affect the outcome, this is Jack Eichel’s first game back in Buffalo since his acrimonious departure last season.
The Vegas Golden Knights have averaged 3.57 goals per game and only 2.14 goals against this season.
Vegas’ powerplay has been good, scoring ten goals and converting on 22.7% of their powerplays. The Golden Knights’ penalty kill is weak, giving up seven powerplay goals but only operating at 78.1%.
If we are reading the Golden Knights’ goaltending rotation correctly, it should be Adin Hill’s turn in the net. Hill has a 5-0-0 record, with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
If Thompson does start, he has a 7-2-0 record, posting a 2.17 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
Buffalo Sabres Hit Hard Times After a Great Start
After jumping out to an unexpected 7-3-0 record, the Buffalo Sabres have found their first rough patch of the season, having lost their last three games in a row. The Sabres enter Thursday’s matchup with a 7-6-0 record.
In their previous game, the Buffalo Sabres lost to the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Blossoming Sabres superstar Tage Thompson scored the Sabres’ only goal, while Eric Comrie made twenty saves in the loss. Comrie’s record dropped to 4-5-0, with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage.
We expect the Sabres to follow their goaltending rotation and expect Craig Anderson to get the start against the Golden Knights. Anderson has a 3-1-0 record and a .927 save percentage.
Tage Thompson is a prime prop bet target and leads the Sabres in scoring with sixteen points (eight goals, eight assists). Thompson has helped the Sabres average 3.85 goals per game and 3.23 goals against.
The Buffalo powerplay has scored twelve powerplay goals converting on 24% of their powerplay opportunities, while the penalty killers have given up ten powerplay goals, operating at 75.6%.
Golden Knights vs Sabres Head-to-Head
This is the first of two games in the 2022-23 season between the Buffalo Sabres and the Vegas Golden Knights.
In 2021-22, the teams split the season series, with the Golden Knights averaging 3.0 goals per game while the Sabres averaged 2.5 goals.
Golden Knights vs Sabres Game Information
- Game: Golden Knights (12-2-0) vs Sabres (7-6-0)
- Location: KeyBank Arena, Buffalo, New York.
- Day/Time: Thursday, November 10th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Las Vegas vs Sabres Live Stream: NHL.TV
Golden Knights vs Sabres Betting Lines
Golden Knights vs Sabres Picks and Prediction
Now that we have reviewed recent performances, starting goalies, and team stats, we’ll dive into the NHL betting lines and records.
The Golden Knights are 12-2 on the Moneyline, while the Sabres are 7-6. Keep these betting records in mind for your online sports betting as you place your wagers.
We have had a special eye on the Sabres this season, and they are vastly improved and will be a force to reckon with in the near future. The Sabres might even make the playoffs.
They don’t have the goaltending to stop the Golden Knights’s offense. So we are taking the Vegas to win on the Moneyline in Buffalo. The Golden Knights are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender with better options and depth at every position than the Sabres.
Most importantly for betting online, we believe the Golden Knights’ goaltending is better than Buffalo’s tandem.
- Pick number 1 – Vegas Golden Knights on the Moneyline.
We’re also siding with Vegas on the puck line spread. We are taking the Golden Knights to win with an empty net goal. They will extend their winning streak to nine games and cover the spread.
- Pick number 2 – Vegas Golden Knights to cover the spread (-1½)
The Vegas Golden Knights are listed at -170 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Golden Knights, you have a chance to win $59. The Buffalo Sabres are +150, offering a chance to win $150.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Vegas a 62.96% chance to win, with Buffalo at 40.00%.