New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1) at New York Islanders (0-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -155 / Buffalo Sabres +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, MSG+
The Buffalo Sabers and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.
The Buffalo Sabers look for a bounce back performance after losing their opener to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Pominville leads Buffalo with two goals, Seth Griffith has one assist and Evander Kane has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up two goals on 40 shots faced. Lehner has allowed two or more goals in seven of his last eight games. The Buffalo Sabers hope to avoid losing their first two games for the fourth time in five years.
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The New York Islanders also need a rebound performance after losing their opener to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The New York Islanders are averaging zero goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal has three shots on goal, while Anders Lee and John Tavares have combined for eight shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing five goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Thomas Greiss has given up five goals on 26 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed zero goals on 11 shots. The New York Islanders hope to avoid an 0-2 start for what would be a third straight season.
The Sabres are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games, 46-110 in their last 156 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 15-37 in their last 52 Saturday games. The under is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 home games and the under is 5-1-1 in Sabres last 7 road games.
Back to backs are tough on teams early in the season, but the Islanders are too talented offensively to be shutdown again like they were Friday night. Also, we've made a killing over the years fading the Sabres on the road, and their road record over that span proves it. So, while Buffalo is getting a sweet price and they're the rested team, I'm going to back the Islanders at home as more of a fade from the road team.