Edmonton Oilers vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 08, 2024

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We have matinee hockey Saturday as the Edmonton Oilers continue their trip through the Eastern Conference with their lone visit of the season to the Buffalo Sabres.

March 09, 2024, 12:30 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Puckline -1.5 +135
Moneyline -185
Over / Under o +6
Puckline +1.5 -160
Moneyline +150
Over / Under u +6

Edmonton is a -160 favourite on the NHL odds.

Oilers vs. Sabres NHL Betting Odds

The longest playoff drought in the NHL belongs to Buffalo, which last played extra hockey in 2011. That will continue this season and certainly Coach Don Granato is in question to return for the 2024-25 campaign. The Sabres have a lot of good young talent having drafted high so many years with no playoff appearances.

They made a very interesting trade this week, sending 25-year-old forward Casey Mittlestadt to Colorado for 22-year-old defenseman Bowen Byram. Mittlestadt was leading the team in scoring and also is set for restricted free agency; the Sabres are pretty deep at forward. Byram has the potential to be one of the best two-way defencemen in the league but has had trouble staying healthy. Buffalo now has three stellar young blueliners in Byram, Owen Power and Rasmus Dahlin.

Saturday is the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams with Buffalo in Edmonton on March 21. They split last season, each winning on the road in a lower-scoring game. Craig Anderson (retired) lost his start in net for the Sabres and Eric Comrie won his. Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist in the series. Stuart Skinner started both in net for Edmonton and had a 2.54 GAA and .919 SV.

Buffalo is 6-4 in the past 10 meetings overall and the over-under is 3-7.

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton also made a big trade this week, getting centres Adam Henrique and Sam Carrick from Anaheim for a 2024 first-round pick and a conditional 2025 fifth-round pick. Both debuted Thursday (neither had a point) when the Oilers were upset 4-2 in Columbus to see a five-game winning streak end. Calvin Pickard allowed three goals in the first 15 minutes or so and the Oilers never recovered. Zach Hyman (43rd of season) and Corey Perry (ninth) had the Edmonton goals. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his assists streak to 13 consecutive games (29 total assists in that span), the longest by an Oilers player since Paul Coffey (17 games) and Wayne Gretzky (14 games) in 1985-86. McDavid reached 100 points on the season; he became the third player in NHL history to have at least seven 100-point seasons before age 28 behind Gretzky (10) and Mario Lemieux (eight). Should be back to Stuart Skinner in net Saturday. He’s 29-13-2 with a 2.60 GAA and .906 SV and has won four straight starts, not allowing more than two goals in any. The Oilers are 4-1 in their past five on the road.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo lost its third game in a row Thursday, 4-2 in Nashville. We mentioned the acquisition of Bowen Byram above, and he not only debuted in the loss but scored a goal on his first shot. Byram became the fifth defenceman in franchise history to score a goal in his team debut. He also had an assist and became the third Buffalo blueliner ever with multiple points in his team debut. Star forward Tage Thompson (18G, 17A) was a late scratch with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Defenceman Erik Johnson missed a fifth straight game with an illness. Eric Comrie was in net Thursday, but it should be No. 1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Saturday. He last played Wednesday in a 2-1 OT loss to Toronto and has a 1.90 GAA and .931 save per centage in 21 outings in the New Year. Buffalo is 4-1 in its past five vs. Pacific Division teams.

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