On Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres (12-20-7) will look to start a winning streak when they host the Dallas Stars (18-16-2) at KeyBank Center. It’s the first of two meetings between the teams. They will play again in Dallas on Feb 27.
Let’s get into our Sabres vs. Stars betting pick with player prop predictions, odds, and analysis for this January 20, 2022 matchup.
Don’t look now, but the Sabres are playing better hockey. They are 2-1-1 in their last four games and are coming off a convincing 3-1 road win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Buffalo got offensive production from some depth players, getting goals from Dylan Cozens, Mark Jankowski and Alex Tuch.
The Sabres are also playing better defensively, having allowed just nine goals in the last four games.
As for the Stars, they have dropped three straight and need to course correct immediately to hang in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Stars begin a four-games in six days road trip tonight in Buffalo that will also take them to Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Although the schedule is a grind they are teams toward the bottom of the standings in the East and it could be a road trip to take advantage of for the Stars.
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Sabres vs. Stars Odds
Here are the lines for Sabres vs. Stars at FanDuel Sportsbook NY:
Spread: Sabres (+1.5 -164), Stars (-1.5 +132)
Moneyline: Sabres (+180), Senators (-220)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-108), Under 5.5 (-1114)
Bets We Like with a Sabres Win
Jeff Skinner to score at least one goal (+225, BetMGM)
There aren’t many players left to choose from for Buffalo as they now have 11 players out of the lineup due to injury. Kyle Okposo is the latest to join them with an upper body injury.
So, the pickings are slim to find a goal scorer to have confidence in, so we’re going with Skinner. He leads the team in goals and has three goals and five points in his last five games.
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Bets We Like with a Stars Win
Joe Pavelski to score at least one goal (+160, DraftKings Sportsbook)
For some reason, there’s history here.
Pavelski has scored three goals and has four points in his past five games at Key Bank Center. Not only that, but Pavelski is playing well, and has scored at least one goal in each of the Stars last four games as favorites.
Dallas sits six points out of the final playoff spot, but has four games in hand. Tonight is one of them and they’ll be looking for a positive outcome to kick off this road trip. Pavelski as a veteran presence, will lead the Stars with his play. This is a solid prop bet tonight.
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Stars to WIN and OVER 5.5 total goals ( +210, FanDuel Sportsbook)
Dallas has a lot to play for. Buffalo does not. Look for the Stars to get out early in this one and never look back. And besides, the old Sabres, who let in goals by the bunches, are due to have one of those clunkers after playing some smart defense the past few games.
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Sabres vs. Stars Prediction
Dallas, and an easy one.
Prediction: Stars 5, Sabres 2
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