Prediction for Buffalo Sabres - Los Angeles Kings 14 February 2024
The Buffalo Sabres and the Los Angeles Kings will play on the 14th of February as part of another game day in the NHL. The meeting will start at 03:00 Moscow time. The teams at this stage of the season are in different parts of the standings and the guests look the obvious favourite. But do the hosts have the resources to defeat a more qualified opponent?
🏒 Tentative lineups for Buffalo vs Los Angeles:
Buffalo : Luukkonen (Komri) - Dahlin, Jokiharju - Skinner, Thompson, Okposo
Los Angeles: Talbot (Rittich) - Anderson, Doughty - Byfield, Kopitar, Kempe
Buffalo: Quinn, Samuelsson
Los Angeles : Arvidsson, Copley, Lizotte
Mattias Samuelsson is Buffalo's top defensive defenceman and is out for the rest of the season, so this loss is significant for the team. Jack Quinn has been injured a lot this season, and is not showing his full potential, although his goals are sorely missed.
Viktor Arvidsson and Blake Lizotte are very important players to the Kings' game structure. Their injuries are not serious and both could very well be on the ice for this game. Phoenix Copley, on the other hand, is out for the rest of the season and won't be able to strengthen the team's goaltending.
📊 Statistical preview for Buffalo vs Los Angeles:
- Only once in the last five head-to-head meetings have the two teams scored less than five pucks. Bet on total over (6) for 1.92.
- In the third periods, the home team averages 1.2 pucks, while the visitors average 1.1. We bet that in the 3rd period both will score (yes) for 2.12.
"Buffalo" continues to be thrown from one extreme to the other and it seems like we shouldn't expect stability from the team for the rest of the season. There is still a mathematical chance for the playoffs, but in fact it will be unrealistic for the team to come back from a ten-point deficit, so the Sabres have no tournament motivation.
⚫️ "Los Angeles":
"Kings" after the change of coaching staff continued to show not the best results, but in recent games the team has already resembled its early season self. It seems that the temporary crisis has been overcome and Los Angeles is well-prepared for the main stage of the regular season.
⚔️Buffalo vs Los Angeles:
The teams have met twice this season in Los Angeles. In the first, the hosts won 5-2, and in the January meeting, the Sabres were already stronger - 3-5.
📋 Prediction for the match Buffalo Sabres - Los Angeles Kings:
Buffalo is very unsuccessful this season against stronger and more structured teams. Los Angeles is one of those opponents. While the guests have overcome a slight slump and now again show high intensity and performance, they are the favourites. "Buffalo" suffers mainly not because of defensive performance, with which the team as a whole is not bad, but because of very poor implementation and few chances created. The Sabres' attack has declined very sharply compared to last season and we don't expect a quality surge from it in this match, as the Kings' defence has looked strong even in bad times. We bet on Los Angeles to win at 2.29.
The Kings have regained their confidence in their offence in recent games and have scored less than three goals per game only once in the last five games. The first unit is the main load for the visitors, but the rest can support the offensive endeavours of the leaders. Buffalo's goaltenders look very good this season, but under the constant pressure that the current guests will be used to, even the most reliable players can be difficult. A lot will depend on the Sabres defence players in this match. And both in the performance of their direct duties, and in the attack. The guests' potential is still seen as higher, so let's bet on the Los Angeles individual total over (3) for 1.90..