Rangers vs. Sabres - 4/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (32-35-11) at New York Rangers (43-25-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, MSG
The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers clash Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres look for some consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 23 goals, Sam Reinhart has 18 assists and Brian Gionta has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 98 goals on 1,215 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 48 goals on 634 shots. Johnson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers could use a win after losing eight of their last 14 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard has allowed New York with 27 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 33 assists and J.T. Miller has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 146 goals on 1,849 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 40 goals on 476 shots. Lundqvist has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Sabres are 41-84 in their last 125 games playing on 1 days rest and 30-82 in their last 112 road games. The Rangers are 24-10 in their last 34 home games and 55-27 in their last 82 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sabres are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 3-13 in the last 16 meetings overall.
You guys know the drill, I don't back the Sabres on the road. At all. When you consider the Sabres have won just three of 16 games against the Rangers, that rule is still in play.
Rangers roll here.