NHL Betting Nights: Knights vs Sabres Puck Line Preview

Golden Knights Look to Build on League-Leading 24-Points Against Slumping Sabres 

Simply put, the Vegas Golden Knights are scorching hot after an overtime win in Toronto, Tuesday. Vegas owns a 6-point lead over the Seattle Kraken in the Pacific Division with 17% of the 2022-23 season complete.

The Sabres started well, winning 7 of their first 10 games. Since Buffalo has dropped three straight including a home loss to Arizona as a massive -230 favorite. Since 2019, Vegas is 20-10 (67%) +545 units when playing on one day’s rest.


Game Information

Knights vs Sabres

Game: Vegas Golden Knights (12-2-0) vs. Buffalo Sabres (7-6-0)
Date, time (TV):
Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Television: ESPN+/Hulu

Healthy Knights Give a Glimpse of What Could Have Been

Ask around, not one NHL fan base will feel sorry for the Golden Knights after missing the playoffs last NHL season for the first time in their short six years. A massive amount of injuries in addition to a few unreported locker room squabbles, had the team chasing a playoff spot that their replacements weren’t ready to grab.

VGK coming in as a big favorite straight-up, coupled with a decent plus price if you’re willing to lay -1.5 with the Knights.

Flash forward to 2022 and all is well with a fan base that has been compared to the one that roots for the Dallas Cowboys every week. In all fairness, with a market that made the Stanley Cup Final in its first season of existence, it’s easy to become spoiled or entitled.

The NHL injury report shows that the Golden Knights are finally a true representation of what General Manager Kelly McCrimmon expected.

Looking at the early Knights vs Sabres puck line and moneyline, we see VGK coming in as a big favorite straight-up, coupled with a decent plus price if you’re willing to lay -1.5 with the Knights. There should be some caution after a big overtime win against the Leafs. It wouldn’t be abnormal for a team to come in sluggish after a big win, which is why -178 is too much to lay for us.

Sabres in Need of a Win

Buffalo fans thought this would be a different year but after a recent home loss to Arizona, where the NHL betting line showcased Buffalo as a huge favorite. That loss left many asking if this will indeed be the 12th straight season the Sabres will miss the postseason.

Since 2012, Buffalo has never finished higher than 5th in their division. NHL betting lines have made Buffalo a favorite just four times in their first 13 games.

To give a wider perspective of the clubs’ uphill battles over the last couple of seasons we’d like to point out that the Sabres have been a betting favorite just 16 times in their last 151 games. Craig Anderson (3-1-0) is the listed goaltender for Buffalo, he’ll likely be opposed by Logan Thompson (7-2-0) for the Knights.

Let’s conclude our Knights vs Sabres puck line preview by giving you the sharpest angle before you go to the window.

Bettors Likely to Jump On Knights

It doesn’t seem to matter how big the price is, bettors will continue to ride the hot team and that is certainly the Golden Knights, even though you’ll have to lay a hefty price (-178).

We don’t think it will be a landslide decision due to the fact that the knights are fresh off a big win in addition to the home team winning six straight in this series. As much as we’d like to grab the better NHL team we’re going to conclude our Knights vs Sabres puck line betting preview by suggesting that a wager on the Sabres would be the best option.

Through the years, Buffalo hasn’t shown the ability to bounce back from a horrible performance but they’ve played surprisingly well against the West where they’ve produced 3906 units of profit since 2008-2009 on the back of an 85-73 record. It’s not inconceivable that Vegas might take this match-up lightly as they conclude their road trip. Take the Sabres +146.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Buffalo Sabres

Last Updated: 11/10/2022 Team A Team B
Moneyline: Golden Knights -178 Sabres +146
Puckline: Golden Knights -1.5 Sabres +1.5 (-164)
Total: 0. 6.5(-130) U. 6.5(-115)
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