Kraken vs Sabres Prediction - NHL Picks 1/9/24

Buffalo Sabres (17-19-4) vs Seattle Kraken (16-14-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres -120 / Seattle Kraken +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Seattle Kraken will play the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Seattle has won six games in a row, while Buffalo has won three of their last four games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kraken vs Sabres prediction. 

Kraken Preview

The Seattle Kraken are 16-14-9 this year after they defeated Ottawa by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Seattle scored the first three goals in this game, but they allowed one goal late in the third to ruin the shutout. The Kraken were out shot by a total of 33-28 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Seattle has also defeated Vegas, Philadelphia, Calgary, Anaheim, and Los Angeles during this winning streak. The Kraken are scoring 2.69 goals per game and they are allowing 2.85 goals against per game, while going 20.2% on the power play and 80.5% on the penalty kill. Vince Dunn has led Seattle with seven goals, 26 assists, and 75 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Seattle is Joey Daccord, who is 10-5-8 this season with a 2.29 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. 

Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are 17-19-4 this season after they defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Buffalo was tied at one in the third period, but they were able to score two late goals for the win. The Sabres were out shot by a total of 41-32 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Buffalo defeated Montreal by a score of 6-1 in the game prior to Pittsburgh, but lost to Ottawa by a score of 5-1 before that. The Sabres are scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 3.33 goals against per game, while going 13.8% on the power play and 78.4% on the penalty kill. Casey Mittelstadt has led Buffalo with 11 goals, 22 assists, and 64 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Buffalo is Devon Levi, who is 8-6-2 this year with a 3.22 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. 

Buffalo Sabres Team Facts

  • The Sabres have lost 12 of their last 13 night games following a road win.
  • The Sabres have failed to cover the puck line in 20 of their last 21 Tuesday games as home favorites.
  • The Sabres have lost the second period in each of their last seven Tuesday night games at KeyBank Center.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Sabres' last six games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.

Seattle Kraken Team Facts

  • The Kraken have won four of their last five games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Kraken have covered the puck line in eight of their last nine games as underdogs.
  • The Kraken have won the third period in five of their last six games as underdogs following a win.
  • The 'Under 0.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in four of the Kraken's last five games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Tuch has scored at least one goal in five of the Sabres' last six games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Dylan Cozens has recorded at least one point in each of the Sabres' last 10 games against Pacific Division opponents at KeyBank Center.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded at least one assist in eight of the Sabres' last nine home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Alex Tuch has the equal-most multi-goal games for the Sabres this season (2).

Seattle Kraken Player Prop Facts

  • Oliver Bjorkstrand has recorded a point in each of his last six appearances against the Sabres at KeyBank Center.
  • Vince Dunn has recorded at least one assist in four of the Kraken's last five games.
  • Vince Dunn has the equal-most multi-assist games for the Kraken this season (4).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 30th in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (0.70).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank T29th in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (7).
  • The Seattle Kraken rank 27th in the league for Period 2 goals scored per game this season (0.90).
  • The Seattle Kraken rank 27th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.82).

Kraken vs Sabres Betting Prediction

Buffalo has played slightly better in their last four games, but they are still second to last in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres are only 8-9-1 at home this year and will be facing a red hot Seattle team. The Kraken have won six games in a row and they have allowed two goals or fewer in all six games. Seattle is one of the lower scoring teams in the NHL, but their defense makes up for their lack of scoring. Both teams have played well in recent games, but I am going with Seattle and their very solid defense here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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