Sabres vs Kraken Prediction NHL Picks 3/18/24

Seattle Kraken (28-26-12) vs Buffalo Sabres (32-31-5)

Game Info: Monday, March 18, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Climate Pledge Arena)

Betting Odds: Seattle Kraken -125 / Buffalo Sabres +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Buffalo Sabres vs Seattle Kraken betting prediction for this NHL game on Monday, March 18th at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Sabres recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Kraken recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Buffalo
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Seattle
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Buffalo and Seattle
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Buffalo and Seattle

Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are 32-31-5 this year after they lost to Detroit by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Buffalo led 1-0 after the first period, but they allowed the last four goals in the game in the loss. The Sabres recorded 26 shots on goal and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Buffalo had won their previous three games against the Islanders, Red Wings, and Oilers. The Sabres are scoring 2.93 goals per game and they are allowing 2.96 goals against per game, while going 17.1% on the power play and 79.1% on the penalty kill. Rasmus Dahlin has led Buffalo with 15 goals, 35 assists, and 194 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Buffalo is Devon Levi, who is 9-7-2 this year with a 3.30 goals against average and an .891 save percentage. 

Kraken Preview

The Seattle Kraken are 28-26-12 this season after they lost to Nashville by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Seattle tied the game at one early in the third period, but they allowed the last three goals in the game for the loss. The Kraken were out shot by a total of 30-24 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Seattle has also lost to Washington, Vegas, and Winnipeg during this four game losing streak. The Kraken are scoring 2.68 goals per game and they are allowing 2.82 goals against per game, while going 21.3% on the power play and 78.8% on the penalty kill. Jared McCann has led Seattle with 27 goals, 26 assists, and 168 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Seattle is Philipp Grubauer, who is 10-11-2 this season with a 2.86 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. 

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Seattle Kraken Team Facts

  • The Kraken have lost five of their last six games as favorites.
  • The Kraken have covered the puck line in six of their last seven night games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The Kraken have won the first period in six of their last seven games as home favorites following a home loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Kraken's last seven games.

Buffalo Sabres Team Facts

  • The home team has won each of the Sabres' last six games.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in each of the Sabres' last five games.
  • The underdogs have won the third period in each of the Sabres' last four games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 13 of the Sabres' last 14 games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.

Seattle Kraken Player Prop Facts

  • Vince Dunn has recorded an assist in six of the Kraken's last seven games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jaden Schwartz has scored a goal in each of his last three appearances with the Kraken as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Vince Dunn has recorded at least one point in each of his last eight home appearances against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Kailer Yamamoto ranks T1st in the Pacific Division for shootout goals (3) this season.

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded an assist in each of the Sabres' last three games.
  • Dylan Cozens has recorded at least one point in eight of the Sabres' last 10 games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Rasmus Dahlin ranks 1st in the Atlantic Division for average time on ice (25:46) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Seattle Kraken rank 29th in the league for Period 2 goals scored per game this season (0.83).
  • The Seattle Kraken rank 27th in the league in penalty minutes this season (528).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank T29th in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (0.75).
  • The Buffalo Sabres rank 4th in the league for Period 3 goals allowed per game this season (0.84).

Sabres vs Kraken Betting Prediction

Seattle comes into this game on a four game losing streak, and they have scored one goal or fewer in three of those losses. The Kraken have been very inconsistent this year, and they are only 14-14-6 at home. Buffalo has won three of their last four games, but they did lose to a Detroit team that has been awful over the last few weeks in their last game. The Sabres are 15-14-4 on the road, and they are 0-3 in their last three road games. Buffalo is an interesting team because they have been playing better in recent games, but they have scored two goals or fewer in four of their last seven games. I think this is a good spot for Seattle to lock in on defense, and I like the Kraken here. 

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

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