Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers - 12/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (16-7-1) at Buffalo Sabres (8-9-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / New York Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, MSGB
The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres square off Thursday night in a NHL matchup at the KeyBank Center.
The New York Rangers look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Rangers are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 12 goals, Kevin Hayes has nine assists and Rick Nash has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 40 goals on 476 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 16 goals on 233 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed two or less goals in 11 of their last 16 games.
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The Buffalo Sabres could use a feel good victory after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Sabres are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Okposo leads Buffalo with seven goals, Matt Moulson has two assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 37 goals on 466 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 15 goals on 246 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed two or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games and 6-1 in their last 7 road games. The Sabres are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 23-49 in their last 72 home games. The Rangers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings overall.
The New York Rangers continue to play great hockey and that includes on the road, as they've won six of their last seven outside of New York. Nothing really changes with the Buffalo Sabres, as it's the same song and dance every night with this team. The Rangers have also used the Sabres as a punching bag over the years. You have to like the Rangers to stay hot and get an easy road victory.