Sabres Look for Another Road Win
Two teams trending in the wrong direction are set to meet up in Anaheim.
The Buffalo Sabres followed up a five-game winning streak by dropping the last four games while the Anaheim Ducks have the third-fewest points in the NHL.
Anaheim has allowed an NHL-high 223 goals and is the only team in the league still in single digits in wins both at home and on the road. Buffalo has given up 182 goals.
The Sabres have better results on the road (15-8-1) than at home (11-14-2) while Anaheim is just 9-14-1 at home.
Buffalo has had issues keeping players healthy with just four of them appearing in all 52 games. However, the Sabres are in good shape from a player-availability status heading into this game.
The same can’t be said for the Ducks. Defenseman John Klingberg (illness) is questionable. Second-leading scorer Troy Terry (upper-body) is out along with defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen, two of the key pieces of the trade that sent Hampus Lindholm to Boston.
According to the NHL playoff odds, Buffalo (+10000) is tied for 21st in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title.
Sabres Are Reeling
It has not been the best start to February for the Sabres.
Buffalo has not only lost all three games during the month, the Sabres have been outscored 17-5 during that stretch.
Buffalo allowed 12 straight goals at one point as Calgary scored the final seven goals after Tage Thompson and Casey Mittlestadt gave the Sabres a two-goal lead.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) February 11, 2023
Two days later, Los Angeles scored the game’s first five goals.
Buffalo is now four points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres do have games in hand and their 52 games played are tied for the fewest in the Eastern Conference.
The NHL betting lines total has gone over in eight of the last 12 times Buffalo has faced a team from the Western Conference.
Defense is Optional
John Gibson is in the midst of his most difficult season of his career. Anybody taking a look at the recent loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins would understand why.
Gibson faced 59 shots, 10 coming on four Pittsburgh power plays. Another 16 shots were blocked so the veteran goalie was under pressure for nearly the entire 60 minutes.
He was right back at it three games later and faced 39 more shots. Anaheim allowed 42 more shots than the Ducks got on goal in those two games. It was hardly a surprise that the Ducks were outscored 13-5 in the two losses.
And now the Ducks get to face one of four NHL teams with at least 190 goals. Anaheim has used nine different defensemen this season, with only Cam Fowler and Dmitry Kulikov appearing in every game.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone over in 12 of Anaheim’s last 15 games.
Sabres vs Ducks Head-to-Head
Buffalo is trying to beat Anaheim in consecutive games for the first time since 2018 after winning 6-3 on Jan. 21 as Peyton Krebs and Victor Olofsson had two goals each.
Anaheim won three of the previous four games before the first meeting this season. That game snapped a streak of three straight wins by the visiting team.
Just two of the last seven games have been decided by one goal.
Sabres vs Ducks Game Information
- Game: Sabres (26-22-4) vs Ducks (17-31-6)
- Location: Honda Center, Anaheim
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Sabres vs Ducks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Sabres vs Ducks Betting Lines
Sabres vs Ducks Picks and Prediction
There were plenty of offensive chances in the first meeting of the season between the Sabres and Ducks with a total of 76 shots on goal despite a combined total of three power-play opportunities.
Based on how the teams have been playing, this does not have a feel of a tight-checking affair. The teams were credited with just 31 hits in Buffalo’s 6-3 win on Jan. 21.
Buffalo has covered in 16 of its 25 road games and Anaheim is just 10-14 against the spread at home.
Buffalo is 8-6-1 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite. Anaheim has been favored just twice this season and is 15-36-6 as the underdog. This will be the 40th game in a row when Anaheim is the underdog.
The Buffalo Sabres are listed at -200 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Sabres, you have a chance to win $50. Anaheim is +170, offering a chance to win $170 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Buffalo Sabres a 66.67% chance to win, with the Anaheim Ducks at 37.04%