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Buffalo Sabres vs. Los Angeles Kings - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings (30-22-5) at Buffalo Sabres (17-30-11)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +122 / Los Angeles Kings -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWHD, MSGB

The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabers meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Los Angeles Kings need a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 23 goals, Drew Doughty has 32 assists and Dustin Brown has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 105 goals on 1,306 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 32 goals on 483 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.

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Buffalo Sabres vs. Los Angeles Kings - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Buffalo Sabers could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 155 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 113 goals on 1,265 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 63 goals on 554 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 2-12 in their last 14 Saturday games, 8-20 in their last 28 home games and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 1-12 in the last 13 meetings in Buffalo, the home team is 23-3 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The home team has dominated this series over the years, making the Sabres worth a look with the plus money. The Los Angeles Kings have also had defensive problems as of late and have lost four of their last five on the road. I usually fade the Sabres whenever I can, but the Kings aren't playing much better right now, and early games usually favor the home team. Give me the plus money and the Buffalo Sabres.

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