New York Islanders (6-4-3) at Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +134 / New York Islanders -148 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The New York Islanders look for a win after winning three of their last four games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with six goals, Noah Dobson has five assists and Anders Lee has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 20 goals on 284 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 11 goals on 85 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with four goals, Jack Eichel has nine assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 11 goals on 105 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 16 goals on 187 shots.
The Islanders are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 games as a road favorite. The Sabres are 4-10 in their last 14 Monday games and 5-12 in their last 17 overall. The over is 4-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The Islanders are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The New York Islanders are showing signs of getting back on track after some recent struggles, and they're a tough team to play when their defensive effort shows up. The Buffalo Sabres have yet to really get going this season and there's questions about their form considering they haven't played in two weeks. I'm not sure what to expect from the Sabres after such a long layoff. I'll back the New York Islanders and lay the somewhat reasonable price.