The Eastern Conference top seed Florida Panthers are hosting the Buffalo Sabres in FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL on December 2, 2021.
- Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 2/12/2021
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
Florida Panthers Stats & Form
After two consecutive losses which dropped them from first place in the conference, the Florida Panthers are back on top after a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals and now are at a 15-4-3 record. The Panthers started the season with 11 consecutive home wins, a run that surprisingly ended on Saturday when the Panthers lost 4-1 to the Seattle Kraken.
Interim coach Andrew Brunette’s team quickly bounced back with a 5-4 win over the Capitals who are in second place in the East. Sam Reinhart scored the winning power-play goal with 14.4 seconds left, capping a furious comeback for Florida who was 1-4 down entering the third period.
NHL teams had lost 303 consecutive games when trailing by three or more goals entering the third. The Panthers are 3-0-2 in division play. Florida ranks third in the NHL recording 10.1 points per game, averaging 3.7 goals and 6.4 assists.
Florida Panthers News
Aleksander Barkov and Markus Nutivaara will not be available for the game against the Sabres while Mason Marchment and Anthony Duclair will be a game-time decision.
Buffalo Sabres Stats & Form
The Buffalo Sabres’ season is in free fall after the team has lost six of their last seven games. Currently, they are sixth in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference with an 8-11-3 record. The Sabres are coming off a 7-4 home loss to the Seattle Kraken. The Sabres went in a 3-0 hole after the first period and couldn’t come back even though they have their moments. Jeff Skinner had two goals for the Sabres, who have lost five in a row at home. Brett Murray had a goal and an assist, Dylan Cozens also scored, Kyle Okposo had two assists, and Dustin Tokarski stopped 25 shots against Seattle. The Sabres are 3-3-2 against the rest of their division. Buffalo has scored 63 goals and ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference averaging 2.9 goals per game. Tage Thompson leads the team with 10.
Buffalo Sabres News
Casey Mittelstadt has been cleared for contact in practice and will return against Florida. Alex Tuch is still weeks away from making his debut for Buffalo. Craig Anderson will also be out for tonight’s game.
Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres Head-to-Head Stats
The Buffalo Sabres have won four of the last five against Florida but the Panthers have won six of the last ten.
Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Odds
The Florida Panthers are huge favorites to defeat Buffalo with the odds -177 for their win at while the odds for Sabres’ upset are at 356. The draw is set at 410. The total goals margin is set at 6 with -111 odds to go both ways.
The Panthers were taken down from the top of the East recently and they will not allow that to happen again especially after a home game against the Sabres. Florida is a major favorite and will show that from tip-off. Panthers’ win by at least two goals is very likely to happen.