Buffalo Sabres vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 3/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vegas Golden Knights (43-19-5) at Buffalo Sabres (22-35-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +171 / Vegas Golden Knights -190 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&TSN, MSGB
The Vegas Golden Knights and Buffalo Sabers meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a big road victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 35 goals, David Perron has 44 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 220 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 77 goals on 1,075 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 40 goals on 452 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
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The Buffalo Sabers also look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 31 assists and Kyle Okposo has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 131 goals on 1,456 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 74 goals on 709 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Golden Knights are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games, 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 8-19 in their last 27 home games, 30-61 in their last 91 Saturday games and 23-51 in their last 74 overall. The over is 7-2 in Sabres last 9 home games and the under is 5-1 in Golden Knights last 6 overall.
I've had trouble figuring out the Buffalo Sabres the last couple of weeks and they've picked up a couple of nice wins recently. The Vegas Golden Knights have run hot and cold and seem to be waiting for the playoffs to start at this point. There's value with the Sabres and the big plus money with Vegas kind of going through the motions, especially in an early game, but we've made a killing all year simply blindly backing the Golden Knights. I don't want to go against that trend. The price isn't great, but Vegas should win this game, as it's a team that's owned bottm feeders all year.