Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (14-16-4) at Boston Bruins (19-10-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -195 / Buffalo Sabres +175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, NESN
The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins meet Saturday night at the TD Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a nice road victory after splitting their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 12 goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 assists and Jack Eichel has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 48 goals on 586 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 34 goals on 382 shots. Johnson has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Boston Bruins look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 28.9 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 15 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 21 assists and Loui Eriksson has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 57 goals on 699 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 23 goals on 260 shots. Rask has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Sabres are 15-36 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-69 in their last 89 road games. The Bruins are 67-30 in their last 97 vs. a team with a losing record and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Boston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Sabres on the road? No thank you. The Bruins are not only the better team, playing better hockey but are also great at home. I'll eat the heavy price in this rare spot.