Sabres vs. Bruins - 2/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (26-18-6) at Buffalo Sabres (21-26-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +131 / Boston Bruins -145 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MSGB
The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres meet Thursday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Boston Bruins look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 25.2 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 22 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 25 assists and Loui Eriksson has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 92 goals on 1,089 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 33 goals on 390 shots. Rask has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Jack Eichel has 19 assists and Sam Reinhart has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their power plays. Chad Johnson has allowed 68 goals on 821 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Sabres are 16-35 in their last 51 home games and 14-42 in their last 56 Thursday games. The Bruins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Both teams have been inconsistent as of late, but the Bruins are simply the better team and have beaten the Sabres in five of the last seven meetings. Give me Boston and the rather cheap juice.