Buffalo Sabres (5-7-2) at New York Islanders (8-6-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -155 / Buffalo Sabres +140 --- 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 Monday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to build on a 3-2 win over New Jersey last time out. Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with 13 points coming on 2 goals and 11 assists while Victor Olofsson has 12 points with 6 goals and 6 assists. Sam Reinhart and Taylor Hall each have 10 points with Reinhart logging 5 goals and 5 helpers and Hall chipping in 9 assists as well for the Sabres this year. Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton continue to split time in goal for the Sabres, with Ullmark logging 4 wins with a 2.61 GAA while Hutton has a 2.85 GAA this season.
The New York Islanders will be out to build on a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 15 points while J-G Pageau, Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle all have 10 points with Lee and Eberle each having 7 goals and 3 assists while Pageau has 6 goals and 4 helpers. Josh Bailey and Nick Leddy each have 9 points with 8 assists as well for New York this year. Semyon Varlamov continues to lead the way in goal for the Isles, going 7-5 with 3 shutouts and a 2.07 GAA this year.
Buffalo is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 17-51 in their last 68 road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games as an underdog. New York is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite. Buffalo is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Buffalo got a win over the weekend, but big whoop. The Sabres have still struggled since coming out of the COVID stoppage and I’m not ready to jump on them on the road against a feisty Islanders team. The Isles appear to be back on track and quite frankly it’s more of a fade of Buffalo more than anything. I’ll back the Islanders in this one.