Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2) at New York Islanders (3-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -135 / Buffalo Sabres +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 5-3 loss to New Jersey in their last outing. Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with 11 points including 9 assists while Victor Olofsson has 10 points with 4 goals and 6 assists and Taylor Hall has 9 points with 8 assists on the year. Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen each have 6 points with Reinhart logging 3 goals and 3 assists while Ristolainen has 4 assists this year. Linus Ullmark’s posted 3 wins so far this year with a 2.56 GAA while Carter Hutton has a 1-3 record with a 3.05 GAA in his 4 games.
The New York Islanders will be out to snap a five-game losing streak after a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 10 points including 4 goals and 6 assists while Anders Lee, Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle and Noah Dobson each have 5 points. Lee and Eberle each have 3 goals and a pair of assists while Leddy and Dobson each have a goal and 4 assists. J-G Pageau also has 4 points with a goal and 3 assists. Semyon Varlamov has a 3-3 record with a 2.00 GAA and a pair of shutouts while Ilya Sorokin has an 0-3 record with a 3.65 GAA on the year.
Buffalo is 5-12 in their last 17 games overall and 16-50 in their last 66 road games while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games as an underdog. New York is 0-5 in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. Buffalo is 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in New York.
The plus money with Buffalo is tempting considering that they’re playing better hockey than the Islanders who can’t get out of their own way right now. However, things have to turn at some point for the Islanders and it might as well come at home against a Sabres team that’s struggled on the road over the last couple of seasons. The Islanders are still well coached and the better team side-by-side, so I’ll lay the juice with the Islanders at home here.