Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins - 10/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Boston Bruins (2-4-0) at Buffalo Sabres (1-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +181 / Boston Bruins -200 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres will play Saturday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Boston Bruins have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start by losing four of their last five games and putting themselves in an early hole in the Atlantic Division. The issue has been a lack of offense, as the Bruins have produced two or less goals in four of their six games and rank 28th in the league with an average of 1.7 goals per game. Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson have each scored two goals, and Zdeno Chara leads the way with 19 shots on goal. The Boston Bruins have lost seven of their last eight regular season games when scoring two or less goals. Defensively, Niklas Svedberg has allowed two goals on 32 shots and Tuukka Rask has allowed 14 goals on 108 shots. Rask allowed five goals in just over two periods in his last start.
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The Buffalo Sabres have lost four of their first five games and are coming off a shutout loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday. The Sabres just can’t do anything right, especially on the offensive end where they’ve been held to two or less goals in four of their five games. The Sabres have lost 26 straight games when being held to two or less goals. Of course, the power play isn’t helping the Buffalo Sabres as they’re 0-15 with the extra man advantage. Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons each lead the Sabres with two goals each, but other than that Buffalo is desperate for offensive production. Defensively, Jhonas Enroth allowed just one goal on 35 shots in Friday’s loss and has allowed 13 goals in 147 shots overall this season.
The Bruins are 42-18 in their last 60 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-9 in their last 13 road games. The Sabres are 8-30 in their last 38 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-16 in their last 21 home games. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
There's no way I'm paying the insane juice with a Bruins team that's struggled out of the gate. That's why I'm taking the under in this matchup. Both teams have had a hard time scoring and the under has hit in six of the Bruins last eight games.