Sabres vs. Bruins - 1/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (21-16-5) at Buffalo Sabres (17-22-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MSGB
The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres square off Friday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Boston Bruins are desperate for a victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 28.4 percent of their power plays. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 15 goals, Loui Eriksson has 20 assists and Brad Marchand has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 77 goals on 902 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 28 goals on 307 shots. Rask has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres also need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Jack Eichel has 14 assists and Sam Reinhart has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 61 goals on 728 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Sabres are 26-56 in their last 82 home games and 16-41 in their last 57 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Both teams are in nasty slumps and in need of a feel good victory. While the Bruins are probably the better team, I have to give the edge to the Sabres simply because they're at home. Give me Buffalo.