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Sabres vs. Islanders - 2/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (33-18-1) at Buffalo Sabres (16-34-3)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm (First Niagara Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +218 / New York Islanders -245 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres meet Sunday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.

The New York Islanders are dropping in the standings with losses in five of their last eight games. The Islanders are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 24 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and  Brock Nelson has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in eight of their last 10 games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 92 goals on 1,034 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 45 goals on 354 shots.

Sabres vs. Islanders - 2/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Buffalo Sabres have split their last four games and hope to keep things rolling. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 14 goals, Tyler Ennis has 18 assists and Chris Stewart has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 56 goals on 602 shots on goal and Jhonas Enroth has given up 118 goals on 1,121 shots.

The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 27-13 in their last 40 overall. The Sabres are 12-41 in their last 53 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-43 in their last 59 vs. Eastern Conference. 

Hard to back the Sabres at all during this stretch, especially against a far better Islanders squad. Take the spread to give your buck more value. 

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New York Islanders -1.5

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