Panthers vs Sabres Prediction NHL Picks 2/15/24

Buffalo Sabres (23-25-4) vs Florida Panthers (34-15-4)

Game Info: Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +130 / Florida Panthers -156 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers will play the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Florida has won seven of their last eight games, while Buffalo has lost two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Panthers vs Sabres prediction.

Panthers Preview

The Florida Panthers are 34-15-4 this season after they defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Florida led 4-0 in the second period and they were able to coast the rest of the way for the win. The Panthers were out shot by a total of 27-23 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Florida defeated Colorado by a score of 4-0 and Washington by a score of 4-2 in the two games prior to Pittsburgh. The Panthers are scoring 3.19 goals per game and they are allowing 2.50 goals against per game, while going 24.9% on the power play and 82.7% on the penalty kill. Sam Reinhart has led Florida with 39 goals, 25 assists, and 142 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Florida is Anthony Stolarz, who is 8-5-2 this year with a 2.11 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. 

Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are 23-25-4 this year after they defeated the Kings by a score of 7-0 in their last game. Buffalo scored three goals in the first, two in the second, and two in the third for the shutout win. The Sabres were out shot by a total of 33-24 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Buffalo lost to St. Louis by a score of 3-1 and Dallas by a score of 2-1 in the two games prior to LA. The Sabres are scoring 2.98 goals per game and they are allowing 3.06 goals against per game, while going 14.6% on the power play and 80% on the penalty kill. Casey Mittelstadt has led Buffalo with 12 goals, 31 assists, and 87 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Buffalo is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who is 13-13-2 this year with a 2.51 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. 

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Tage Thompson has scored at least one goal in each of the Sabres' last six Thursday games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • John-Jason Peterka has recorded a point in each of the Sabres' last eight Thursday games.
  • John-Jason Peterka has recorded an assist in four of the Sabres' last five games as home underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Tage Thompson has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Sabres this season (2).

Florida Panthers Player Prop Facts

  • Sam Reinhart has scored at least one goal in 14 of the Panthers' last 17 games.
  • Aleksander Barkov has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Sabres.
  • Aleksander Barkov has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances against the Sabres after playing less than 20 minutes in the Panthers' last game.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks 1st in the league for Power Play Goals (22) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.57%).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 32nd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (1.23).
  • The Florida Panthers rank 2nd in the league for goals against per game this season (2.49).
  • The Florida Panthers rank 6th in the league in power play percentage this season (25.14%).

Panthers vs Sabres Betting Prediction

Florida comes into this matchup after winning seven of their last eight games and they are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but they will be on a back to back here. The Panthers defeated Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and they have out scored their last three opponents by a total of 13-4. Buffalo is coming off of a blowout win against the Kings, but they are only 12-14-1 at home this year. Prior to that win over LA, Buffalo only scored two total goals in the previous two games. Florida is a much better team than Buffalo is, but I think it is worth a shot on the Sabres here. Florida on a back to back with their backup goalie in net is cause for concern, so give me Buffalo and the plus money here. 

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

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