New York Rangers (1-4-1) at Buffalo Sabres (3-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -110 / New York Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Thursday night.
The New York Rangers will look to bounce back after a 4th straight loss after a 3-2 loss to the Sabres last time out. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 6 points, including 2 goals and 4 assists while Pavel Buchnevich has 2 goals and 3 assists and Adam Fox has a goal and 4 assists to share 2nd place with 5 points. Phil Di Giuseppe has 4 assists while Filip Chytil has 3 points coming on 2 goals and an assist. Igor Shesterkin has an 0-2 record in goal for the Rangers with a 2.98 GAA while Georgiev has a 2.66 GAA and a 1-2 record on the year.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to build on back-to-back wins after their win over the Rangers last time out. Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with 8 points with 7 of those coming via assists while Taylor Hall and Victor Olofsson each have 6 points with Hall logging 5 assists while Olofsson has 3 goals and 3 helpers this season. Sam Reinhart and Eric Staal each have 2 goals and 2 assists while Rasmus Ristolainen has 3 assists as part of his 4 points on the year. Linus Ullmark has posted a 2-1 record with a 2.42 GAA while Carter Hutton’s gone 1-2 with a 2.65 GAA this season.
New York is 3-13 in their last 16 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 road games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games. Buffalo is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and 31-80 in their last 111 Thursday games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games. The under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game and believe me there are far better options on Thursday’s card. However, the Rangers just can’t get their footing right now and are struggling after 4 straight losses. Buffalo isn’t doing much better on the year, but we’ve learned over the years that Buffalo tends to play far better at home and while there’s no home ice advantage without fans, that still has to count for something. I’ll side with Buffalo at home in this coin flip matchup.