Bruins vs. Sabres - 12/21/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (13-18-2) at Boston Bruins (16-14-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -255 / Buffalo Sabres +226 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, NESN
The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins play Sunday night at the TD Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres have won four of their last six games and continue to try and play spoiler. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game on the season and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have two power play goals in their last three games and have won six straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with nine goals, Tyler Ennis has 14 assists and Matt Moulson has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 35 goals on 412 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 70 goals on 781 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have lost their last three road games.
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The Boston Bruins have lost seven of their last nine games and are quickly dropping in the Atlantic. The Bruins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins haven’t scored a power play goal in five straight games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith have combined for 16 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 16 assists and Carl Soderberg has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 20 goals on 267 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 61 goals on 711 shots.
The Sabres are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic and 15-36 in their last 51 games playing on 0 days rest. The Bruins are 40-17 in their last 57 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Boston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
This is insane juice for two teams that are heading in different directions. Sure, the Bruins are far better than the Sabres, but they haven't been playing like it as of late. Based on value, I'm taking a shot in the dark here with the Buffalo Sabres.