The Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena. The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes look to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 16 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 21 assists and Tage Thompson has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 42 goals on 433 shots faced, and Aaron Dell has given up 38 goals on 354 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 16 goals, Phil Kessel has 22 assists and Lawson Crouse has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 71.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 50 goals on 477 shots faced, and Karel Vejmelka has given up 76 goals on 770 shots.
The Sabres are 13-40 in their last 53 road games and 22-60 in their last 82 overall. The Coyotes are 7-19 in their last 26 home games and 15-43 in their last 58 overall. The under is 5-2 in Sabres last 7 overall. The Sabres are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Arizona and 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.
This is a rough game to bet, and I’m not thrilled to get behind either side. I guess the Buffalo Sabres have the edge due to the rest, but the Coyotes are at home. The Sabres have been pathetic on the road for years, and this season has been no different. We’re forced to pick between two losing teams that aren’t playing well. I’ll always lean toward the home dog.