The red-hot Vegas Golden Knights welcome the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night for a date at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights will be looking to make it an eight-game winning streak against the Sabres, after topping the Oilers by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday. It was a solid team win, with Marc-Andre Fleury getting a 33-save shutout. We’ve been waiting for somebody to get hot in the Pacific Division, and the Golden Knights have answered the call recently. Thanks to their recent play, the Golden Knights own a record of 35-22-8 and 78 points. That gives them a 4-point advantage over the Vancouver Canucks.
4 points may not sound like a lot, but that’s a lot in the Pacific Division. Five teams were clumped together with not much else than 2 or 3 points separating the group. There’s been a bit of separation recently, with the Golden Knights putting a 4-point wedge between them and second, while the Coyotes are suddenly 8 points back of first in the Pacific. That’s tough for a Coyotes team who has been in the race for much of this season, but seem to be falling out of favour in the division now. Their best chance of getting into the playoffs is likely going to have to be a wildcard.
The Sabres made a deal at the trade deadline, but probably not what most people expected. They swung a trade to bring in Wayne Simmonds, who goes from New Jersey to Buffalo. The front office seems confident that they can get into the playoffs, or a trade for Simmonds likely wouldn’t have been made. Buffalo head into Las Vegas with a record of 29-26-8 and 66 points.It gives them a puncher’s chance to get a wildcard, though I don’t know how realistic that is despite the move for Simmonds. They’re ten points behind the Blue Jackets for the final wildcard, so that just doesn’t look like good odds. The Sabres will have to bypass the Canadiens, Panthers, Rangers, Hurricanes, and finally the Blue Jackets. That doesn’t look good. Head below for our free Sabres vs. Golden Knights pick.
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The Golden Knights are going to make out fine in the playoffs if Marc-Andre Fleury is playing well. He went through a really cold stretch, but recently looked really good against the Oilers. Fleury has been that kind of goalie in his career. When he’s out of sync, it might take a while for him to get his groove back. When he does get back into a groove, though, it’s tough to knock him back down. This would be perfect timing for the Golden Knights if Fleury can keep rolling. Fleury. He holds a 2.73 GAA and 0.908 save percentage on the year, as he comes off a shutout against Edmonton.
The overall effort by the Golden Knights has been a lot better in February. After losing six of their last eight games in January, the Golden Knights are winners in nine out of twelve games in February. Their last loss at home came on February 8 against the Hurricanes in overtime. January 11 was the most recent day that the Golden Knights didn’t secure at least a point at T-Mobile Arena. In their past ten games, the Golden Knights have been scoring nicely with 4.1 goals per game. They’ve allowed 2.9 goals a game during that stretch.
Buffalo has not been performing well on the road. They’ve been dangerous at home, posting a record of 19-10-4, though have given it all up when playing on the road. They’re 10-16-4 in that regard, having scored 2.63 goals per game and yielded 3.37 goals per game. Carter Hutton has been awful on the road, with a 3.72 GAA and 0.894 save percentage. Buffalo looked sharp in their last meeting against the Golden Knights, but that 4-2 win took place in Buffalo last month.
The Golden Knights have won each game at T-Mobile Arena against the Sabres, with wins of 5-4 and 4-1. Fleury has been outstanding against the Sabres in his career. He’s posted a 2.11 GAA and 0.923 save percentage in 34 games, with a record of 22-7-3. Expect the Sabres to put up a fight, like they did in a recent 3-2 loss against the Avalanche in Denver, but it’s likely not going to be enough again. The Golden Knights are feeling confident right now, and I don’t think the Sabres are going to be able to bring them down a notch. Look for the Golden Knights to get the win here in regulation.