Panthers vs. Sabres Prediction - 1/16/23 NHL Picks

Buffalo Sabres (21-18-2) vs Florida Panthers (20-20-4)

Game Info: Monday, January 16, 2023 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +110 / Florida Panthers -130 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers will play the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.

Florida Panthers Preview

The Florida Panthers are 20-20-4 this season after they defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Florida was out shot by a total of 38-35 and went 2-3 on the power play in the game. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.25 goals per game, 3.43 goals against per game, 22.4% on the power play, and 75.2% on the penalty kill. Matthew Tkachuk has led the Panthers with 22 goals, 31 assists, and 152 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 11-13-1 this season with a 3.27 goals against average and a .896 save percentage.

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Buffalo Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are 21-18-2 this season after they defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Buffalo was out shot by a total of 41-33 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 3.85 goals per game, 3.46 goals against per game, 27.6% on the power play, and 72.7% on the penalty kill. Tage Thompson has led the Sabres with 31 goals, 27 assists, and 176 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Buffalo is Craig Anderson, who is 7-6-1 this season with a 2.70 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.


Florida is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 Monday games. The under is 4-1-1 in Florida’s last 6 road games. Buffalo is 9-4 in their last 13 games and 5-11 in their last 16 home games. The over is 9-3-4 in Buffalo’s last 16 Monday games. Florida is 24-8 in these two teams last 32 head to head meetings.


Buffalo comes into this game after losing three of their last four games, while Florida has alternated wins and losses over their last five games. Both teams haven’t been great on the defensive end of the ice and they are allowing around 3.40 goals against per game. Buffalo had the #1 scoring offense in the league, but they have slowed down in recent games. Florida has had some issues on the road this season, so I am taking Buffalo to win in this matchup.

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