Vegas Golden Knights (1-1-0) at Buffalo Sabres (1-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +120 / Vegas Golden Knights -133 — Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Monday afternoon.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be looking to build on their first win of their second season, coming in the form of a 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota in their last outing. Vegas fell behind 1-0 in the first, and it stayed that way until late in the 3rd period when Max Pacioretty equalized for the Knights with his first goal in a Vegas uniform. Erik Haula scored the only goal of the shootout against his former team to give Vegas the victory and the extra point. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win after stopping 29 of 30 shots open play and all 3 shots faced in the shootout to improve to 1-1-0 this season.
The Buffalo Sabres will also be looking to build on their first win of the year after a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers in their last time out. Connor Sheary scored a pair o goals for the Sabres in the 1st and 2nd period, giving the Sabres a 2 goal cushion they’d hold onto until the later stages of the 3rd with New York pulled a goal back, but Jack Michael would seal the deal with an empty netter with 2 seconds to go in the game. Carter Hutton got the first star honours of the game after stopping 43 of the 44 shots that he faced to improve to 1-1-0 this season.
Vegas is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 7-2 in their last 9 games against the Atlantic while the under is 15-5-2 in their last 22 road games. Buffalo is 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Pacific and 11-27 in their last 38 games against the West while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall.
The Sabres win at home was a nice one after being booed for a large chunk of their season opener against Boston. However, Vegas is no slouch and they’re a much better team than the Rangers in my opinion and they’re also the better team in this matchup, so I’ll side with the Golden Knights to get the job done on Monday.