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Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks prediction 1-15-24 Picks

San Jose Sharks (10-30-3) vs. Buffalo Sabres (18-21-4)
January 15, 2024 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -217 / San Jose Sharks +175; Over/Under: +6.5
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The San Jose Sharks and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Monday afternoon. Who comes out on top in this NHL matinee on Monday? Let’s dive in and find out with our Sharks vs. Sabres Prediction.

San Jose Sharks Team Preview

The San Jose Sharks come into this one looking to bounce back from a 5-4 loss to Ottawa in their last matchup. Tomas Hertl has a team-high 13 goals and 17 assists for his team-leading 30 points while Fabian Zetterlund has 18 points with 12 goals. Mikael Granlund has 29 points with a team-high 24 assists while William Eklund also has 18 points with 7 goals and 11 assists on the year. MacKenzie Blackwood’s gone 5-17-2 between the pipes for the Sharks this season, posting a 3.84 GAA and an .892 save percentage while Kaapo Kahkonen is 5-12-1 with a 3.70 GAA and an .897 save percentage this season.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have lost 13 of their last 14 games.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in eight of the Sharks’ last nine games at KeyBank Center.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in four of the Sharks’ last five games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The Sharks have lost the second period in each of their last five games at KeyBank Center.

Buffalo Sabres Team Preview

The Buffalo Sabres come into this one looking to rebound from a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks in their last matchup. Casey Mittelstadt leads the Sabres in scoring with 35 points including a team-high 24 assists while Rasmus Dahlin has 34 points with 12 goals and 22 assists. Jeff Skinner has 33 points with a team-high 17 goals while JJ Peterka has 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assists. Alex Tuch also has 29 points with 11 goals and 18 assists this season. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has a 9-9-2 record with a 2.91 GAA and a .901 save percentage while Devon Levi is 8-7-2 with a 3.32 GAA and an .889 save percentage and Eric Comrie is 1-5 with a 4.01 GAA and an .863 save percentage this season in goal for the Sabres.

Buffalo Sabres Team Facts

  • The Sabres have won seven of their last eight games at KeyBank Center following a home loss.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in eight of the last nine games between the Sharks and Sabres at KeyBank Center.
  • The Sabres have won the second period in each of their last five home games against the Sharks.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in each of the Sabres’ last seven games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.

Sharks vs. Sabres Prediction

I’m on the Sharks +1.5 here. San Jose has played a couple of close games as of late and I’m not looking to lay a heavy price with the Sabres, but I’m also not putting full trust in a Sharks team that’s the worst in the NHL this season and is capable of getting blown out on any given night. I think getting the extra goal in my back pocket is the way to go here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: San Jose +1.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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