Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres - 11/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (5-4-2) at Boston Bruins (6-5-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -196 / Buffalo Sabres +155 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, NESN, TVA
The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins square off Monday night in a NHL showdown at the TD Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Okposo leads Buffalo with five goals, Ryan O'Reilly has four assists and Matt Moulson has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 17 goals on 239 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed six goals on 95 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have scored two or less goals in five of their last eight games.
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The Boston Bruins look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Bruins are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 7.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with seven goals, Brad Marchand has nine assists and Dominic Moore has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 14 goals on 207 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed eight goals on 53 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Sabres are 37-85 in their last 122 road games and 55-112 in their last 167 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 38-16 in their last 54 Monday games. The Sabres are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings and the over is 16-7-10 in the last 33 meetings.
I've been fading the Buffalo Sabres on the road the last couple of years and it's paid off in a big way. Buffalo has played better hockey over the last week or so, but beating the Bruins in Boston is a different task. Have to like the Bruins at home, especially with them beating the Sabres in seven of the last nine tries.