Kings vs Sabres Prediction NHL Picks 2/13/24

Buffalo Sabres (22-25-4) vs Los Angeles Kings (24-15-10)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +118 / Los Angeles Kings -142 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings will play the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Los Angeles has won two games in a row, while Buffalo is on a two game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kings vs Sabres prediction.

Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings are 24-15-10 this year after they defeated Edmonton by a score of 4-0 in their last game. Los Angeles scored twice in the second period and twice in the third for the shutout win. The Kings recorded 26 shots on goal and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Los Angeles defeated Nashville by a score of 4-2 in the game prior to Edmonton, but they lost the previous four games. The Kings are scoring 3.16 goals per game and they are allowing 2.59 goals against per game, while going 21.5% on the power play and 87.7% on the penalty kill. Adrian Kempe has led LA with 17 goals, 27 assists, and 150 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Los Angeles is David Rittich, who is 6-1-3 this year with a 1.90 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. 

Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are 22-25-4 this season after they lost to St. Louis by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Buffalo tied the game at one early in the second period, but they allowed the last two goals in the game for the loss. The Sabres out shot St. Louis by a total of 34-26 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Buffalo lost to Dallas by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to St. Louis, but they won the previous two games against San Jose and LA. The Sabres are scoring 2.90 goals per game and they are allowing 3.12 goals against per game, while going 14.1% on the power play and 79.6% on the penalty kill. Casey Mittelstadt has led Buffalo with 12 goals, 30 assists, and 86 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Buffalo is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who is 12-13-2 this year with a 2.60 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. 

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Tuch has scored a goal in three of the Sabres' last four games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances in night games at KeyBank Center.
  • Jordan Greenway has recorded at least one assist in five of his last six home appearances against the Kings.
  • John-Jason Peterka has scored two goals against the Kings this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Quinton Byfield has recorded at least one point in each of his last five appearances.
  • Quinton Byfield has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances after playing less than 20 minutes in the Kings' last game.
  • Drew Doughty ranks 1st in the league for average time on ice (25:59) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.09%).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 32nd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (1.25).
  • The Los Angeles Kings rank 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (87.66%).
  • The Los Angeles Kings rank 5th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.59).

Kings vs Sabres Betting Prediction

The Kings were one of the worst teams in the NHL during January, but they have won two games in a row and have some momentum coming into this matchup. The Kings beat a really good Edmonton team by a score of 4-0 in their last game and they are 15-6-4 on the road this season. Buffalo has only scored two total goals in their last two games and they are 11-14-1 at home. Buffalo did beat LA by a score of 5-3 on January 24th, but I think the Kings are in a much better spot here and I like them to get the win. 

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

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