Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers Player Props, Picks and Predictions – Tuesday, Feb. 27

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We have your Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Buffalo Sabres hit the road to face the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers (38-16-4) are set to clash with the Buffalo Sabres (27-27-4) in a matchup that pits consistency against a quest for equilibrium. As the Panthers aim to fortify their strong season record, the Sabres are looking to claw back to a .500 win percentage.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers Odds Info

Moneyline: Buffalo Sabres +185 (DraftKings) / Florida Panthers -225 (DraftKings)

Puck Line: -1.5 – Buffalo Sabres -124 (BetRivers) / Florida Panthers +110 (DraftKings)

Total: 6.0 – +102 (BetRivers) / -115 (DraftKings)

Game Info

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Amerant Bank Arena – Sunrise, FL


Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends

  • This season, the Buffalo Sabres have hit 23 overs and 35 unders.
  • On the road this season, the Buffalo Sabres have hit 13 overs and 15 unders.
  • As the underdog this season, the Buffalo Sabres have hit 15 overs and 20 unders.

Florida Panthers Betting Trends

  • This season, the Florida Panthers have hit 20 overs and 38 unders.
  • At home this season, the Florida Panthers have hit 11 overs and 17 unders.
  • As the favorite this season, the Florida Panthers have hit 17 overs and 30 unders.

Historic Head-to-Head Stats and Analysis

Over the course of the last two seasons, the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres have faced off five times, with the Panthers emerging victorious in four of these encounters. The games, spanning from October 2022 to February 2024, have seen the visiting team claim four wins, suggesting a trend where home-ice advantage has not played a significant role in the outcome. When it comes to betting statistics, the Sabres have managed to cover the spread in three out of the five games, while the Panthers have done so twice. Interestingly, bettors favoring the ‘Under’ would have found success in these matchups, as the total score has fallen below the over-under line in four games, with one game resulting in a push where the total score matched the over-under exactly.

The most recent game between the two teams took place on February 15, 2024, and ended with a decisive 4-0 victory for the Florida Panthers over the Buffalo Sabres. In this game, the Panthers were the favorites with a closing moneyline of -156, and they managed to cover the spread of 1.5 goals. The game’s total score of 4 goals meant that the ‘Under’ bet was the winning outcome against a closing over-under of 6.5. The Panthers’ performance was dominant in several statistical categories, including shots on goal, where they led 31 to 45, and hits, with a total of 33 compared to the Sabres’ 18. The Panthers also capitalized on their power play opportunity, scoring once out of three chances, while the Sabres failed to score on their two power play attempts.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers Predictions

The Panthers, currently on a one-game winning streak and holding a solid second place in their division, are demonstrating a formidable presence in the Eastern Conference. With a defense that’s been locking down opponents and an offense spearheaded by Sam Reinhart, who leads the team with 39 goals, and Matthew Tkachuk, the top assist provider with 45, Florida’s balanced attack will be tough to contain. The Panthers’ recent trend of staying under the total line, with a penchant for tight, low-scoring games, suggests a strategy that could stifle the Sabres’ efforts.

Buffalo, on the other hand, is riding a three-game winning streak, showing signs of resurgence after a season of ups and downs. The Sabres’ offense is led by JJ Peterka, who tops the goal-scoring chart with 19, and Casey Mittelstadt, who not only leads in assists with 31 but also in overall points with 44. However, their overall performance has been inconsistent, reflected in their .500 win percentage and a sixth-place divisional standing. The Sabres will need to leverage their recent momentum and capitalize on their strengths, particularly in the underdog role where they’ve shown resilience.

As these two teams meet at the Amerant Bank Arena, the game could hinge on key player matchups and the ability of each team’s stars to make an impact. The Panthers’ defensive prowess, ranked among the best in the league, will be tested by the Sabres’ offensive threats. With both teams showing a tendency towards the ‘Under’ in recent games, this encounter may well be decided by which team can break through defensively and convert on their scoring opportunities.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers Pick

The Florida Panthers have been involved in low-scoring affairs recently, with the ‘Under’ hitting in 38 of their games this season. Their defensive structure has been a key part of their success, and they have continued to stifle opponents, allowing two goals or fewer in a significant number of recent games. With the Panthers’ ability to control the pace and shut down offensive threats, it’s likely that this trend will continue, especially against a Buffalo Sabres team that has also seen the ‘Under’ hit in 35 of their games. The Panthers’ recent history against the Sabres further supports this pick, as the ‘Under’ has been the winning bet in four out of their last five head-to-head matchups, including a 4-0 shutout in their most recent encounter.

While the Sabres come into this game on a three-game winning streak, they will be facing one of the toughest defenses in the league. The Panthers’ goaltending duo of Sergei Bobrovsky and Anthony Stolarz has been formidable, and the team’s overall commitment to a strong defensive game suggests that they will be able to contain Buffalo’s offense. Additionally, the Sabres have struggled with consistency throughout the season, and despite recent successes, they have not shown the ability to consistently break through against top-tier defenses. Considering these factors, the ‘Under’ appears to be the most logical pick for this matchup.

The Pick: Under 6.0 +102 (BetRivers)

Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers Player Prop Picks

Here are the players who have hit over their current prop line in at least 7 of their last 10 games.

Buffalo Sabres

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Tage Thompson Shots On Goal 3.5 8/10 +114 -145 4.3 4.35
John-Jason Peterka Shots On Goal 2.5 8/10 +110 -140 3.6 3.64

Florida Panthers

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Matthew Tkachuk Assists 0.5 8/10 -130 +100 1.2 1.20
Carter Verhaeghe Points 0.5 8/10 -180 +140 1.1 1.16
Evan Rodrigues Shots On Goal 1.5 7/10 -166 +130 2.1 2.11
Aaron Ekblad Shots On Goal 1.5 7/10 -195 +150 2.3 2.33