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Sabres vs. Kings - 12/9/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (14-8-5) at Buffalo Sabres (9-16-2)
Date & Time Tuesday December 9, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +163 / Los Angeles Kings -180 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSWHD, NBCSN
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NHL | Los Angeles Kings (14-8-5) at Buffalo Sabres (9-16-2)
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The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres play Tuesday at the First Niagara Center.

The Los Angeles Kings have split their last eight games and will begin a five-game road trip. The Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last five games. The Los Angeles Kings have scored two power play goals in their last six games and have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals. Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson have combined for 20 goals, Jeff Carter has 11 assists and Justin Williams has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Martin Jones has given up nine goals on 170 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 45 goals on 655 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

The Buffalo Sabres are playing their best hockey of the season with wins in six of their last nine. The Sabres are averaging 1.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last four games. The Buffalo Sabres haven’t scored a power play goal in their last four games and are 5-1 this season when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with eight goals, Tyler Ennis has nine assists and Matt Moulson has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 30 goals on 376 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 52 goals on 597 shots.

The Kings are 3-9 in their last 12 road games and 17-8 in their last 25 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and 17-48 in their last 65 overall. The Kings are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and the home team is 17-3 in the last 20 meetings.

The value in this game is on the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are playing well, the Kings haven't been great on the road and the home team has crushed this series over the years. I'll take my chances with Buffalo here given the value of the line. 

Pick:
Buffalo Sabres +163

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