The Buffalo Sabres (+115) will be looking to prolong their winning streak when they travel to face the St. Louis Blues (-135) at Enterprise Center on Tuesday. The total is 6.5 (O: -135, U: +115)Buffalo (24-19-3) is playing on back-to-back days after earning a 3-2 overtime win over the Stars yesterday, their third win in a row.
The Sabres committed only one penalty in the game, yet still conceded a power play goal. Rasmus Dahlin, Victor Olofsson, and Owen Power each scored once for the Sabres.
Tage Thompson had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Craig Anderson had a great performance with 29 saves (.935%) in the win. St. Louis (23-21-3) is wrapping up a seven-game homestand after a 5-3 loss against the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Jordan Kyrou, Ivan Barbashev, and Nick Leddy scored one apiece for the Blues. Barbashev and Kyrou both added an assist to lead the team in scoring. Jordan Binnington started in the loss and only had three saves on seven shots (.428%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Sabres won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 6-2 victory in November. Jeff Skinner (2G 0A), Jack Quinn (2G 0A), and Alex Tuch (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Buffalo. Pavel Buchnevich and Brayden Schenn were on the scoresheet for St. Louis. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen got the win, saving 34 of 36 shots (.944%).
Buffalo is averaging 3.78 goals per game for the season, second in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blues team that is allowing 3.53 goals a game (25th).
Meanwhile, St. Louis has found the net 3.11 times a game on average, 20th in the league, and the Sabres are allowing opponents to score 3.41 goals per game (23rd).
St. Louis averages fewer shots per game (28.7) than most teams in the league, ranking 29th, though the team’s 11.0% shooting percentage is seventh. With an average of 32.5 attempts, Buffalo ranks 10th.
The Sabres’ 26.06% power play percentage ranks sixth in the league, while the Blues are 15th with a conversion rate of 22.96%. While efficient on the power play, Buffalo has been less successful at penalty killing, as the away team possesses the league’s fifth-lowest PK% at 73.38%. St. Louis’ 74.56% ranks 25th in the NHL.
With 63 points this season, seventh-most in the NHL, Thompson is the top skater for the Sabres. He is among the league leaders with 32 goals (3rd) and has added 31 assists.
In the net, Anderson (7-6-2) is Buffalo’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.78 GAA and a .917% save percentage.
Luukkonen (12-5-1) leads the Sabres in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 3.36 and a save percentage of .897%. Kyrou and Robert Thomas lead the Blues in scoring with 45 and 43 points, respectively.
Kyrou has 22 goals and 23 assists, while Thomas has 12 goals and 31 assists. Binnington (18-15-3) is the top goalie for St. Louis with a goals against average of 3.26. He has a save percentage of .891%.
HOME AND AWAY
Buffalo is 13-7-1 on the road this season. St. Louis is 10-11-2 at Enterprise Center this season. Meanwhile, the Sabres are 1-7 without a day off and 1-4 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Blues are 1-1 with a rest advantage.
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St.Louis Blues (-130)
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