Los Angeles Kings vs. Buffalo Sabres NHL Pick – March 6

With a recent surge spurring the Los Angeles Kings along, the upstart group heads to Buffalo Sunday afternoon where they’ll look to keep their win streak alive. Todd McLellan’s club is playing great hockey of late, and this deep and youthful bunch will continue their quest for a playoff spot in the tightly contested Pacific Division.

The LA Kings won their last outing in overtime and now sit second in the division, just six back of first-place Calgary. It’s been somewhat of a surprise this year, but youth has been the recipe for success in the sunshine state.

Buffalo meanwhile continues to tumble down the standings, though they remain a group that can pull off the occasional upset. This was seen earlier in the week in the Sabres’ trip to Toronto, where the inexperienced group pestered the Leafs’ weak goaltending with five goals. Though they’re well out of the playoff picture in a stacked Atlantic Division, Buffalo’s youth continues to battle for a better future. 40-year old Craig Anderson has delivered steady goaltending between the pipes for Don Granato’s squad, and following victories over Minnesota and Toronto – this team has the makings of a spoiler down the stretch.

It’s a game that the Kings certainly feel that they’ll need to have for playoff positioning, though an early start time could be an added hurdle for this west coast group. For added insight, betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to improve our stellar hockey record with another winning wager. Enjoy the speed of Kings vs. Sabres to kick off a busy Sunday of NHL action.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Buffalo Sabres Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Los Angeles Kings -1.5 (+140)
  • Buffalo Sabres +1.5 (-120)
Moneyline:

  • Los Angeles Kings (-170)
  • Buffalo Sabres (+150)
Total Points:

  • Over 6 (-110)
  • Under 6 (-110)
TEAM DATA KINGS SABRES
Overall Record 30-19-7 18-30-8
ATS Record 34-22-0 31-25-0
Home/Away Record 16-7-5 9-14-4
Goals Per Game 2.9 2.7
Goals Against Per Game 2.8 3.6
Shots On Goal Per Game 35.3 29.9
Shooting % 8.3 9.1

Los Angeles Kings vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction:

Going 7-3 from their past ten games, Los Angeles has put themselves in an enviable position to return to the playoffs this coming May. The Kings are deep and play at one of the fastest paces in hockey. And though they aren’t sitting near the top of the entire NHL, their shot metrics are downright impressive. It’s the finishing that needs to improve for this club.

Currently, the Kings enter March 6th allowing the lowest Corsi against at even strength per 60 minutes. They suppress shots like few other teams, while peppering opposing goalies on most nights. That’s an excellent ratio and long-term is a recipe for success – but they need to finish their chances. With Viktor Arvidsson recently returning to the lineup though, it’s allowed for more offense of late. Recently the Kings have moved up to middle of the pack in the NHL, averaging 2.83 goals per game. Against a porous Buffalo squad, the chances and opportunities will be there throughout. Look for coach McLellan to really rely on his top trio of Adrian Kempe, with Anze Kopitar and Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Kopitar is again enjoying a dominant season on both ends of the ice. That balanced and quick group should wear down Buffalo’s blue-line on Sunday afternoon.

Buffalo will try to counter the pace and physicality of Los Angeles’ forwards with quick puck movement in transition, but that remains easier said than done with this defense. Beyond Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner, there isn’t much within this lineup. Their special teams have been abysmal and if Craig Anderson doesn’t stand on his head, games get out of reach quickly. Look for Sunday’s match-up to follow a similar formula.

While the Sabres can frustrate opposing groups, their recent run of play hasn’t been all that inspiring. They pounced on tired and weakened Leafs and Wild squads, and despite this season, Craig Anderson remains a washed-up veteran between the pipes, and it’s tough to see Los Angeles not putting up a big offensive showing. While L.A. is slated to be without Andreas Athanasiou and Lias Andersson, there’s enough scoring depth in that lineup to control possession and overwhelm Buffalo’s weakened defense. After Rasmus Dahlin on the top pair, it does have a tendency to fall off quick for the Sabres.

 

Kings vs. Sabres Trends To Know:

  • Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a road favorite.
  • Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games.
  • Sabres are 15-36 in their last 51 games as a home underdog.
  • Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
  • Over is 4-0 in Kings last 4 overall.
  • Over is 6-0 in Kings last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

 

The trends point to shots, scoring chances, and a pretty one-sided affair for Los Angeles in this contest.  Regardless of who is in net for the Kings, their offense should control the bulk of the sixty minutes. Buffalo doesn’t have the depth in any position to fight back against the Kings, and despite an early Eastern time zone puck-drop, look for the Kings to push the pace offensively from start to finish, really wearing down Buffalo’s porous defense. In a tough playoff battle, the Kings won’t cough up the chance at two points today.

 

 

My Pick
LA Kings
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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