The St. Louis Blues (-180) will be out to prolong their winning run when they travel to take on the Buffalo Sabres (+150) at KeyBank Center on Wednesday. The total is 6.5 (O: -110, U: -110)St. Louis (10-8-0) is kicking off a four-game road trip coming off a 3-1 win over the Ducks on Monday, their seventh consecutive win.
The Blues committed only two penalties in the game, holding Anaheim without a power play goal. Noel Acciari was the top goalscorer for the Blues with two goals. Jordan Binnington had a great performance with 27 saves (.964%) in the win.
Buffalo (8-11-0) is playing the first of four games at home with the second of a back-to-back after earning an exciting 7-2 win over the Canadiens yesterday, breaking a streak of eight consecutive defeats. Jeff Skinner was the leading goal scorer for the Sabres, netting twice. Craig Anderson was impressive in the win, making 29 saves (.935%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Blues won both games between the teams last season, including a 6-2 victory in their final meeting in April, their third straight win against Buffalo. Vladimir Tarasenko (3G 2A) and Robert Thomas (0G 5A) each had five points to lead St. Louis. Rasmus Asplund and Alex Tuch were on the scoresheet for Buffalo. Binnington got the win, saving 35 of 37 shots (.945%).
St. Louis is averaging 2.89 goals per game for the season, 24th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Sabres team that is allowing 3.58 goals a game (26th). Meanwhile, Buffalo has found the net 3.63 times a game on average, sixth in the league, and the Blues are allowing opponents to score 3.28 goals per game (18th).
The Sabres’ 24.68% power play percentage ranks ninth in the league, while the Blues are 11th with a conversion rate of 22.92%. Penalty killing, however, has been a challenge for both teams, as St. Louis has the league’s third-lowest PK% at 70.73% and Buffalo is fourth-worst at 73.02%.
Brayden Schenn (5G 11A) and Thomas (4G 12A) are the top skaters for the Blues this season with 16 points apiece. Justin Faulk (14 points) has also been a top performer for St. Louis, scoring four and assisting 10. In the net, Binnington (9-5-0) is St. Louis’ top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.76 GAA and a .912% save percentage. Tage Thompson leads the Sabres in scoring with 26 points. He has 13 goals (5th) and 13 assists in 19 games. Anderson (3-3-0) has the best goals against average for Buffalo at 2.82. He has a save percentage of .910%.
Eric Comrie (4-7-0) has played the most games in net for the Sabres this season. He has a 3.62 GAA and a .887% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
St. Louis is pursuing a fourth successive road win this season. Buffalo has won four in a row at home this season. Meanwhile, the Sabres are 0-2 without a day off and 0-2 playing with a rest disadvantage.
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St.Louis Blues (-155)
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